ReReeti Foundation Highlights Role in Developing Contested Heritage Education Programmes in Museum Education Seminar

Published: 1 March 2024

The School’s MSc Museum Education programme hosted ReReeeti Foundation at a seminar presenting strategies for engaging diverse communities and promoting understanding of cultural heritage.

The School’s MSc Museum Education programme hosted ReReeeti Foundation at a seminar in the University’s Advanced Research Centre (ARC) on Tues, 20 Feb.

The seminar gave students an opportunity to hear from Tejshvi Jain, Founding Director and Bhanu Ghalot, Exhibition Project Lead of ReReeti Foundation, who presented strategies for engaging diverse communities and promoting understanding of cultural heritage.

The event was organised by the School’s MSc Museum Education programme director Dr Maggie McColl and PGR Tutor Hsiao Chiang Wang.

In her opening remarks, Jain stressed the importance of reshaping cultural engagement and fostering inclusivity within local communities. Through strategic partnerships, the foundation aims to make a lasting impact on India's cultural heritage.

Ghalot discussed the Foundation's work, highlighting the digital exhibition and educational tool Un.Divided Identities: Lesser-Known Stories of Partition, a British Council-partnered initiative between ReReeti Foundation and Glasgow Life Museums under the Our Shared Cultural Heritage program. The exhibition, using illustration, sound, and storytelling, aims to provide insight into the lives of Partition refugees to engage contemporary exhibition visitors with the ethical and moral dilemmas associated with Partition.

The seminar provided a glimpse into the curatorial process behind the exhibition, presenting complex historical narratives in respectful, accessible ways. ReReeti Foundation's approach sets a standard for responsible museum practices across India and further afield.

Jain also shared how the ReReeti Foundation conducts programmes for audience development, capacity building for museum professionals, and educational initiatives. Through their Indian Museums Against Climate Change (IMACC) programme, they advocate for eco-friendly practices within museums.

The seminar demonstrated ReReeti Foundation's commitment to innovative design and practice in museum engagement and education, offering pathways to a more inclusive and sustainable Indian cultural landscape.

The Museum Education team would particularly like to acknowledge the support of our dear friend and colleague Prof Srabani Maitra, whose approval of funding helped make the event possible.

First published: 1 March 2024

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