ReReeti Foundation is a not-for-profit heritage consultancy based in Bengaluru, Karnataka. The foundation works with museums, cultural organisations, heritage sites and schools in India in skill development, audience and community engagement and educational initiatives.
Since its inception in 2015, they have worked in these areas through innovative engagement, accessibility and learning programmes and audience research and development. These take the form of research projects, workshops for museum professionals, interactive sessions for students and designing programmes for museums.
To this end, they work with various local and international stakeholders in the museum sector, from museum directors and curators to educators. They also advocate for the museum sector through unique initiatives to support museum professionals from early career to director-level. Essentially, their goal is to bring Indian museums closer to their communities by transforming them into spaces of learning, delight and meaningful engagement for visitors.
For Our Shared Cutural Heritage the ReReeti Foundation is working with Glasgow Museums to develop an immersive virtual choice-based narrative exhibition exploring lesser-known stories of migration during the partition of India in 1947, and the movement of people across borders and continents that it caused.
Young people from Glasgow and India are contributing to the development of the experience by researching and writing stories, helping to build the website, and developing illustrations, sounds, and animations to make it more immersive and experiential.
The exhibition will then be used in a cross-classroom series of workshops bringing school students together from four countries, and five cities – Glasgow, Bangalore, Delhi, Lahore and Dhaka – focussing on conversations about identity, migration, borders and the historical legacies of the Partition of India that young South Asian people live with today.
Teaching resources will be uploaded, alongside an open-access archive of first-hand oral histories of the partition which form the foundation of the exhibition, for classrooms across the world to use.
By putting users in the shoes of those people living through 1947 and the aftermath of the creation of borders through towns, villages and even houses, this projrect aims to bring this historical event to life in a new and innovative manner.