ITP Mumbai Workshop: Conference Opportunity in Leicester!

“The Museum in the Global Contemporary: Debating the Museum of Now”

Leicester University, United Kingdom

20 – 22 April 2016

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Hello folks and please accept our apologies, as this opportunity is only available to our ITP participants who came to Mumbai in November last year.

Not to worry though, there will be plenty of projects and programmes announced over the next few months that you can all apply for!

As a result of our Mumbai workshop in November, we have been selected to deliver a session at Leicester University’s conference “The Museum in the Global Contemporary: Debating the Museum of Now”.

Leicester University is “a lively, energetic and global community” and has a consistently high rating as among the top 30 universities in the UK (its Museum Studies department is one of the best in the country). Leicester itself is a vibrant, multicultural city with ample opportunities to socialise and meet like-minded people.

In part the conference focuses on what heritage organisations are doing now or can do now or in the future to become relevant, inclusive and collaborative on an international scale.

In our session we want to help delegates consider how this might be achieved and give the conference a global voice. By inviting ITP alumni, we hope you can make suggestions for what would work in your home countries, and what collaborations and partnerships would benefit your institutions.

If selected, you will spend a week (16 – 23 April) in the UK including two days at the British Museum where you will be able to catch up with colleagues and further expand your global networks. The ITP will cover all the costs of your visit including conference fees, international travel, accommodation, visas and a small subsistence.

The conference programme so far can be found here:


We will be inviting 2 ITP Mumbai participants plus 1 UK partner and 1 BM department rep to attend the full conference and facilitate our session, working within delegate groups.

At this session, we want to discuss the concepts and ideas developed while in Mumbai. Delegates will work in groups and consider the outcomes and effects of our workshop and many of the larger questions which arose during the two days including:

  • The concept of ‘world stories’
  • ‘Mirror’ and ‘window’ museums
  • The necessity of a global perspective
  • How to include global voices
  • The benefits and challenges of global collaboration

This conference will give delegates a chance to make new connections and expand their networks across the sector.

We invite you to use your experiences of the Mumbai workshop to shape the debate and ensure global voices are heard in discussions on world stories. It will also be a great opportunity to gain ideas and put the “Your city and the world” projects to the test – trying out concepts on new audiences and using the conference as a sounding-board for our next steps!

Applications have been sent out by email, but do let us know if you need a copy!