Today’s class was a guest lecture by museum professional, Poulomi Das. Poulomi was recently a fellow at the Victoria and Albert Museum, researching accessibility in museums. Through the morning, she unpacked the term accessibility, and discussed the various ways in which it is approached and implemented. She also looked at the term inclusive and explored the various levels of inclusivity.
Sharing insights from her work in the UK, and in India, chiefly with the Dr Bhau Daji Lad Museum, in Bombay and the Bihar Museum in Patna, Poulomi led the discussion on museum spaces, their role in society and the intervention of designers.
The class, in groups of four must by next week submit a small research proposal, to look at access for a particular disability and ways in which the spaces can be made inclusive socially and culturally.