2015 Special Focus - Museums as Civic Spaces

The inclusive museum is an aspirational civic space that is created and recreated based on the context and relevance to diverse stakeholders. It liberates museums and communities from legacies, enables a first voice, and empowers people of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds with a sense of place and multiple identities. The challenge is also to address intersectionality across cultural borders through appropriate research, development and capacity building. This must be at all levels of engaged partners from curators, educators, conservators to directors and trustees. Connecting collections and communities is critical.

The Inclusive Museum Knowledge Community continues to build on the lessons learnt and ongoing discursive crossings to promote for posterity the museum for diverse peoples irrespective of their backgrounds. India on the cusp of an unprecedented museum development is the host to the Eighth International Conference on the Inclusive Museum. As the world’s largest democracy it is also well known for its cultural and language diversity. This diversity is embedded in the nation’s Constitution. A vibrant civil society such as India mandates relevant and responsive cultural institutions, especially inclusive museums.