ITP+ Museums and Education: Arrival in Mumbai!

Written by Claire Messenger, International Training Programme Manager

On Monday the ITP team arrived in India. We’re delighted to be back in Mumbai, this time for the first ITP+ course of 2019 which will focus on Museums and education and will be held from 28 – 30 March at Chhatrapati Shivji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya (CSMVS).

Day 1 will see the presentation of a series of case studies to provide perspectives on engaging and educating young audiences, and offer participants interesting and common themes, benefits and challenges that can inform their own institutions’ strategies. These case studies will be delivered by colleagues from the British Museum, UK and programme partner museums, alongside fellows from the ITP network. They will highlight creative and innovative approaches around the world through sharing learning, challenges and impact.

Days 2 & 3 will see workshop groups given time to debate and brainstorm key issues around museum-based learning, as they are challenged to conceive and formulate a programme with learning outcomes for young audiences, which can be shared worldwide.

Yesterday, we spent a lovely morning with Vaidehi Savnal, Bilwa Kulkarni, Manisha Nene and their wonderful colleagues, finalising arrangements for the event and looking around the new Children’s Museum and Creativity Centre. CSMVS is visited by over 300,000 children every year and the aim of the new Children’s Museum is not simply to acknowledge children as a significant audience but to focus on their needs, aspirations and expectations.

The remit of the Children’s Museum is to provide space for children to decide for themselves what is important to them, and express their thoughts and ideas based on their world views. The first exhibition in this new space has been curated by children and we are extremely privileged to be here to share in the events surrounding the opening of the new museum.

We’d like to thank Mr Mukherjee and all our colleagues at CSMVS for inviting us back to Mumbai and we are extremely grateful to the Marie-Louise von Motesiczky Charitable Trust and the Pirojsha Godrej Foundation for their generous support that has made this event possible.

Attached you’ll find copies of our programme, a list of case studies, our presenters’ biographies, a list of institutions and the project narrative and worksheet. Over the next few days we’ll be sharing our experiences on Twitter, Facebook and on the ITP blog so we really hope you enjoy reading, sharing and commenting on our posts – it would a great to have you involved in our course wherever you are in the world!!