National Museum to get a facelift
Weekly regional showcases, additional display spaces, digitised
state-of-the-art exhibitions, audiovisual guided tours and
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New Delhi: The
International Council of Museums (ICOM), the apex body of museums
worldwide, will help India's prestigious National Museum in its
modernisation process by extending expertise in areas like
conservation and display, a statement said here Wednesday.
The Indian chapter of ICOM has been asked to co-ordinate with the
expert groups under the ICOM to channelize expertise, besides
hosting workshops and seminars in the National Museum Institute (NMI)
resourcepersons here, the statement said.
"The National Museum is on a modernisation drive and we require
expertise. The ICOM has a vast pool of international experts. By
linking with the ICOM, we can source required expertise and
connect to other global institutions," V.M. Nair, head of the
department of conservation, said.
"The National Museum and the ICOM can jointly work towards
capacity building of museum professionals in India. On the
International Museum Day May 18, 2011, the NMI plans to support
ICOM in celebrating this years' theme of 'Museum and Memory'
through a one-day working seminar," he said.
In a recent conference of the Conservation Committee of the ICOM (ICOM-CC)
on March 10-11 and the March 14-15 seminar on "Museology and
Conservation: A complementary concept involving modern science",
the national museum stressed on the need for foreign expertise to
The seminar addressed the potential of two important disciplines -
museology and conservation for management of invaluable heritage
which involves science as complementary concept.
The seminar was inaugurated by C.V. Ananda Bose, administrator of
the National Museum.
He said the museums were vibrant and dynamic entities and they
must re-discover and re-interpret themselves by becoming