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Kolkata flags off conference on role of museums

Posted on Feb 11 2014 | IBNS

Kolkata, Feb 11 : Five leading museum specialists from the UK will visit India to participate in the international conference on 'Strategic Transformations: Museums in the 21st Century', being organised by the National Council of Science Museums in collaboration with Indian Museum, Kolkata from Feb 10 to Feb 14 14 in New Delhi and Kolkata.

The conference marks the bi-centenary of the Indian Museum.

The conference will be dealing with questions such as, 'What does a museum in the 21st Century need to do to remain relevant to its audience?'; 'How can the museums use the web, multimedia, mobile and social media to attract young audiences who have information at their fingertips?'; 'What qualifications and capabilities are required for managing modern museums?'.

The British Council has facilitated the dialogue between UK museum specialists and the conference organisers.

Among those who will be attending from the UK are:

Martin Roth, Director, Victoria and Albert Museum, London and Gordon Rintoul, Director, National Museums Scotland, who will give the Keynote and Special Address respectively on Museums and Transformations at the inaugural session of the conference at the National Science Centre, New Delhi.

Carolyn Royston, Head of Digital Media at Imperial War Museums, London, who will speak on Museums and Digital Domain.

Mark Taylor, Director, Museums Association UK, who will speak on Museums and Human Resource Development.

Martin Bellamy, Research and Major Projects Manager, Glasgow Research Museum Centre who will speak on Museums and Relevance: Making Changes Using Culture as a Tool.

Martin Bellamy will also be speaking at the Heritage and Transport Museum in Delhi and at the Don Bosco Centre for Indigenous Cultures, Shillong. Carolyn Royston and Gordon Rintoul will participate in a symposium on 'Making History Visible: Technology in History and Archaeological Museum' at the Calcutta University.

The British Council has been supporting museums in the UK and India to work together, facilitating the development of networks through exchange programmes, workshops, and capacity building.

Over thirty Indian museums have participated in these programmes in areas ranging from public engagement to collections management.

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