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Tanishka Kachru

Teaching, Design Educator and Historian - National Institute of Design (Ahmedabad)

Tanishka Kachru

Tanishka Kachru is a Design Educator and Historian, teaching and practicing at the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad. She obtained a M.A. in History of Design and Decorative Arts in 2001 from The Smithsonian's Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum in New York. She was a curator in the Word and Image Department of the Victoria & Albert Museum, London until 2007. For the past few years, Tanishka is working with several museums in India, including the National Children's Museum to make museum spaces inclusive and engaging for visitors.

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A Very Brief History of Indian Museums

A Very Brief History of Indian Museums

Museums right from the time of their origin in Eighteenth century Europe have been set up for a variety of reasons, but the one reason that remains relevant through time and geographies is -public service through education.

One of the first museums to define education as its central role is the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. It was set-up as the South Kensington museum after the Great Exhibition of 1851, which was the first large-scale international exhibition showcasing machine-made products of the Industrial Revolution. The history of museums in India follows the story of this unique museum, with the British authorities in Nineteenth century India setting up museums of Industrial Art in various cities for the purpose of Education. These museums were used by art school students and enjoyed by general visitors who went there to see the wonders of technology and marvels of craftsmanship from around the world.

Museums of fine arts started to be set up in the early...

Key words : History of Indian Museum, Museum today, role of museum, learning in museum, why to go museum

Categories : Museum, History