Links with Lucknow, India

Lucknow Quilt on display at Bodmin Keep

In 2020 whilst we were redisplaying our Lucknow interpretation in the museum, Verity met a family whose daughter, Tiggy Allen, was based in India and writing her Masters dissertation on Lucknow. On completion of her Masters Tiggy then secured a role at the Rereeti Foundation in India.

The Rereeti Foundation supports museums to engage with audiences and build engaging organisations, through four main strands ‘Operations and Strategic Planning’, ‘Audience Development and Outreach’, ‘Education Programmes’ and ‘Capacity Building’.

As a result of the connection with Tiggy and her awareness of our work around Lucknow, we were pleased to be invited to produce a blog about our work , talk about our ‘Citizen Curators programme’ and linked up socal channels where our Trainee Curator produced digital content for Rereeti’s social media feeds.

Rereeti then invited Verity to deliver a training session as part of their work, discussing how to deliver a community curator or engagement programme. Verity was able to offer a wealth of examples of work we have done with our communities from displays to outreach and events. A great opportunity to share our work and a valuable experience to show the possibilities of working with a range of audiences, budgets and engagement to The Rereeti Foundation.

Verity said ‘It has been a brilliant experience for me, being able to understand how museums in India operate and to see the ambition of their museums to engage with their communities and I am grateful to them for being able to share my experiences’.

Verity Anthony, Collections Manager at Bodmin keep
Verity Anthony, Collections Manager at Bodmin keep

We really enjoy these international connections made fundamentally through our collection and our staff and volunteers working with them