ITP Year: 2016
Ruchira Verma is a partner in Culture Collective which aims to make collections accessible to the public through helping set up museums and designing effective programming to improve audience engagement. Her research background is in cultural studies and art history with a specialisation in contemporary Indian art, and she has previously worked at a contemporary art gallery based in New Delhi.
Previously Ruchira was a Project Manager at The National Museum in New Delhi where she was part of team that moved from one project to another and in the process rotated between departments. In this capacity she has handled visitor programmes, educational programmes and the coordination for a gallery renovation. Her responsibilities included the co-coordination of the Everlasting Flame: Zoroastrianism in History and Imagination, a research project with India Foundation for the Art, Bangalore and handling the National Museum Twitter and Instagram accounts and strategising the Museum’s online presence.
She also teaches Research Methodology part-time at the College of Art, New Delhi.
At the British Museum
During her time on the International Training Programme in 2016, Ruchira was based in the Department of Asia. Her UK Partner Museum was Manchester Museum and Manchester Art Gallery.
In 2016, participants were asked to develop a proposal for an Asahi Shimbun Display – a temporary exhibition in Room 3 at the British Museum – based around a single ‘spotlight’ object. Ruchira’s exhibition project proposal was entitled Rath Yatra: the Cosmic Journey of Lord Jagannath.
Ruchira’s place on the International Training Programme was generously supported by the British Museum Trust.
ITP Newsletter Publications
ITP Newsletter Issue 6 (2019), Connectivity in the 21st century: making collections accessible, Is engaging digitally possible and suitable for all – what are the potential issues and challenges?