Pankaj Sharma

Pankaj Sharma

Understanding processes and practices of Collection Management at the V&A

Senior Curator, Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II Museum Trust, The City Palace, Jaipur

The award gave me opportunity to understand the Collection Management System. It has enhanced my knowledge to adopt and create an effective collection management system in the museum where I am working. After coming back to India, I have given plans to adopt a proper collection management system, to undertake the digitization of the entire collection, re-organise the storage by using modern technologies, to undertake auditing and spot check of the collections.

It was a wonderful opportunity to work with staff at the V&A, where every day I have learnt new things by observing, meeting and interacting with the experts of different fields. It has given me a chance to see the variety of collections and to visit the old and new storage areas of the various museums.

I will share my experiences further with my colleagues, students and also will present paper in seminars and making plan to organise an International OR National seminar on the Collection Management Practices to spread the knowledge about the subject among the professionals in India in future.