The Open Braille Guide book to the Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II (MSMS II) Museum by the Trustee Secretary of the museum and MLA, Sawai Madhopur, Princess Diya Kumari on March25. The curtain raiser media briefing had been organized on the occasion of the launch of the 4 day long workshop ‘Access in Museums in South Asia’ which will begin today at the Museum. The event has been organized by Commonwealth Association Of Museums (CAM) and MSMS II Museum.
The Princess said that the book is designed to cater to a wide range of visual impairments, with open braille, large script font and tactile images. It is a pioneering effort by one of the most visited Palace Museums in India. The museum worked closely with ‘Rajasthan Netraheen Kalyan Sangh’ for developing the book. She further added that the book is part of a wider series of initiatives that the Museum is in the process of undertaking towards universal access. She complimented Siddhant Shah and Mrinalini Venkateswaran for having designed and written the book.
The Princess Diya Kumari said that the objective of the workshop is to is discuss on making buildings and collections physically and intellectually accessible for the disabled with a special focus on historic properties.
She further added that the workshop will sensitize museum professionals to the needs of differently abled audiences, help them acquire the knowledge necessary to facilitate better access, and use activity-based workshops to develop a set of practical suggestions as a reference tool.
Earlier, Consultant Director, MSMS II Museum, Mr. Giles Tillotson, informed that the interactive workshop does not only include theatre lectures but also visits to sites in and around Jaipur, such as: Jaigarh Fort, Anokhi Museum, Government Central Museum (Albert Hall), and General Amar Singh Kanota Library & Museum. Simulation exercises for the delegates will be a special feature of the workshop, said Tillotson.
The Secretary General of the Commonwealth Association of Museums, Ms. Catherine Cole expressed her satisfaction for having associated with MSMS II Museum for this unique workshop.
The Senior Curator of the MSMS II Museum, Mr. Pankaj Sharma and the Convener of the Workshop, Ms. Mrinalini Venkateswaran also spoke on the occasion.
The workshop beginning today evening will have Shivani Gupta as the keynote speaker. Other eminent speakers who will participate in the workshop include Ms Catherine Cole, Dr Rachna Khare, Ms Poulomi Das, Dr. Asma Ibrahim, among others. Later, post the workshop they will also visit Nagaur and Mehrangarh Forts on 29 and 30 March respectively.