Partnership with the
Salar Jung Museum, Hyderabad

A V&A-led staff exchange to develop a partnership focused on joint exhibitions and conservation projects

Partners

  • Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A)
  • Salar Jung Museum, Hyderabad (SJM)

Aims

  • To develop a partnership focused on joint exhibitions and conservation projects
  • To enable staff to share their skills and experiences

Key event: V&A staff visit to the SJM 

About the Salar Jung Museum, Hyderabad
The SJM sits on the banks of the River Musi, Hyderabad and houses one of the largest one-man-collections in the world. It includes over 43,000 art objects, 9,000 manuscripts and 47,000 printed books from India, the Middle East, Europe and the Far East.

It has 38 galleries spread over two floors. There are further co-ordinating sections such as the Education Wing, Photo Section, Chemical Conservation Laboratory and a Display Section.

Increasing the profile of the Salar Jung Museum
The Director and staff at the SJM are committed to developing and improving the museum, and keen to update the facilities to enable the SJM to become a venue for international exhibitions.

Dr Reddy, the Director, was concerned about a number of conservation issues affecting the building itself and the collections, and hoped that the visit from staff at the V&A would result in recommendations to benefit the state of the building and objects.

The visit, 13–18 November 2008 
The visiting V&A staff assessed the requirements of the museum from the perspectives of collections care, exhibition and storage, and identified areas where there could be future collaboration between the V&A and the SJM.

The visit included discussions with staff and visits to gallery spaces, on-site storage areas, student rooms and conservation laboratories.

Future collaborations
The visit highlighted the potential areas of future collaboration with the V&A, as well as the development of a preventative care of collections programme to protect textile, metals and miniatures.

The developments will benefit the visitor, the collections and the reputation of the museum, as well as continue to build a strong relationship with the V&A.

Image:
A member of staff at the Salar Jung Museum

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