[AI] National Conference on Museums and Disabled

anjali sen gupta anjalisengupta at yahoo.co.uk
Sun Sep 16 09:59:53 EDT 2007


Hello,

The Regional Museum of Natural History, Mysore, will be organising a National Conference on “Museums and Disabled” during 17-19 January, 2008. The details are given below:

Sir/ Madam,

The RMNH Mysore will be organizing a National Conference on “Museums and Disabled” during 17-19 January 2008. The venue may be Mysore.

The RMNH Mysore has established itself as a pioneer in the field of Museum Accessibility with reference to Persons with Disabilities (PwDs). The first Museum Garden for Disabled was established in its Campus in Mysore in October 2006 that has become a hub of activities involving PwDs. It has so far organized two national level programmes: A workshop called “Thamaso ma Jyothirgamaya” in 2006 and a Conference on “Access for All” in 2007. In addition to more than 200 museologists from all over India, a large number of PwDs from South India and Madhya Pradesh have participated in these programmes. The details of the Garden for Disabled have been published in international conferences of ICOM (International Council of Museums) and ICEVI (International Council for the Education of People with Visual impairments). A “Mysore Declaration on Museums and Disabled” has been one of the outcomes of the National Conference on “Access for All”.

In continuation with our efforts to organize a national level programme on an annual basis, the proposed 2008 National Conference on “Museums and Disabled” is expected to attract a large number of experts in the fields of Museology, Heritage Management, Disability Studies, Architecture, Public works etc along with officials from various government departments. 

The programme schedule is expected to involve the following:
1.    Plenary sessions,
2.    Academic sessions in various Groups, 
3.    Special session on a proposed “Accessible Gallery”,
4.    Demonstration of Access Audits of Museums,
5.    Demonstration of “Sensitisation of Museum Staff”,
6.    Exhibition of assistive devices and books which may be useful for Museums,
7.    Field visits to local places of interest,
8.    Session on the preparation of a draft “National Policy for Museums and the Disabled” for discussion in various forums of Museums and for its eventual submission to the concerned Ministries and other Government agencies.

In case you are interested, please return the Expression of Interest at the earliest to the undersigned. You may also contact me for clarifications.

Thanking you,

Yours faithfully,

Sd/-
Dr B. Venugopal, 
Scientist-in-Charge, 
Regional Museum of Natural History, 
Sidharth Nagar PO, Mysore-570011. Karnataka.
Tel: 081-2447046; Fax 0821 2446453; email: vbha56@ yahoo.com



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