Customised learning toolkit and educator’s workshop for exhibition at National Museum

Client : National Museum, New Delhi, India

What I did: Learning Experience Design, Content Development, Research, Workshop Facilitation

Date : 2018

India and the World: A History in Nine Stories is a landmark exhibition presented in partnership by the British Museum, CSMVS Mumbai and the National Museum in Delhi. The exhibition brought together around 200 objects not only from the collections of the British Museum, London; CSMVS, Mumbai; and National Museum, New Delhi but from around 20 museums and private collections across India.  It was curated by Naman Ahuja and JD Hill.

For the Delhi leg of the exhibition hosted at National Museum, Delhi, I created a toolkit for educators to facilitate exploration of the exhibition by schools and young audiences. The layout and design of the toolkit was done by my colleague Anukriti Kedia.

The toolkit was developed for learners in the age group of 11- 14 years with the following objectives :

• Providing context and orientation to themes linked to the exhibition that have both curriculum relevance as well as encourage broader historical enquiry.

• Supporting educators in viewing the exhibition as a relevant stimulus to visit with their students and utilise the same for an engaging exploration.

• Providing a positive and memorable experiential engagement with the exhibition using enquiry based learning.

• Promoting creativity, communication, critical thinking, observation and visual literacy using active learning strategies.

• Enabling learners to see interdisciplinary connections between concepts and ideas beyond the confines of school subjects.

The toolkit comprised of four comprehensive lesson plans consisting of activities and games for hands-on exploration of different stories in the exhibition and student worksheets to facilitate and document effective learning. The toolkit also includes a pre-visit session to help prime students for the exhibition and a post-visit session to consolidate learning.

Additionally, my colleagues and I also conducted Museum Learning Master Class for 25 middle school educators to familiarize them with the toolkit and strategies of museum and object-based learning.

With the opening of the exhibition in May 2018, the toolkit was been made available as a free downloadable resource. You can access it here.