Int'l Museum Workers Day IMWD2017

Throwback: Int’l Museum Workers Day

Recap of the Int’l Museum Workers Day, 2017!

15 years ago, Homa Taj started MUSEUMVIEWS, the parent body of Int’l Museum Workers Day. Homa Taj is a filmmaker who is passionate about art and history. Today MUSEUMVIEWS is an organisation having a huge following on social media.

After building this platform, she then started a very unique initiative in 2005. The Int’l Museum Workers Day was a very new and no doubt an amazing thing to do. The historical community strives to get history to people. The Int’l Museum Workers Day organisation gives gratitude to these people who work to preserve our heritage. Museums show us world culture as it has evolved through time. Museums worldwide employ thousands of people. On this one day, it is up to us to say thank you. Read more about Throwback: Int’l Museum Workers Day

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Women Aviators

Revolutionary Women In Aviation

Waking up to a surprising find in history today takes us down the memory lane 

Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan
The new picture which shows Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan

We woke up to a very surprising news today. This news seems to have solved many mysteries in one of the most famous disappearance cases. I am talking about Amelia Earhart. For those of you who don’t know who she is, Amelia Earhart was one of the many pioneers for women in aviation. She was born in 1897 and became an advocate for women’s rights and an author. She was also a pilot with big dreams. Amelia’s ultimate dream was to circumvent the earth via a plane.

On March 17, 1937 Amelia set off on her expedition around the world. Unfortunately something went wrong with the plane and the expedition was called off. But she wasn’t about to give up. Her second attempt took flight on 1st June 1937 from Miami, USA. Unfortunately for her on 2nd June 1937 she went missing. Her body nor her navigator’s body was ever found. The passengers along with the plane had disappeared into thin air.  Read more about Women Aviators

Int'l Museum Workers Day, IMWD2017

Int’l Museum Workers Day

Magic and the Magicians

Museums are a storehouse of magic and the museum workers hold the wands. This International Museum Workers Day let us give our thanks to these magicians who help us preserve our culture

 

The CSMVS museum in Mumbai is one of the best museums in India
Curtesy- Bernard Gagnon-WikiMAIN. The Daily Pao

 

On one rainy night I plopped on the couch to watch what felt like the hundredth rerun of the 2005 version of the movie Pride & Prejudice. Voicing out the lines and stuffing my mouth with chips, I was lost in thought. When Elizabeth Bennet arrives at the grand estate of Pemberley in Derbyshire with her aunt and uncle, she is taken in by the beauty. She chides herself at denying an estate so grand by refusing to marry Mr. Darcy. In that moment I couldn’t help but wonder, how are random people allowed to visit households as if they are museums?

Pemberley. Int'l Museum Workers Day
Pemberley in Derbyshire is Mr.Darcy’s house in the novel Pride & Prejudice
Curtesy: Orchard Gate Books

When Jane Austen wrote the novel, it was perfectly normal to visit stranger’s estates to admire their houses and collections. If you find an unknown person in your house today, it would probably be a burglar!

The concept of museums first took shape in houses as personal collections. They weren’t old objects but simply hunted stuffed animals put on a pedestal. These natural history collections were well documented by their owners. These exhibitions were open for all the upper and middle classes to see. When family heirlooms and collectables became a part of personal collections for generations, these collectables became old artefacts to treasure.  Read more about Int’l Museum Workers Day