MSMS II Museum Trust (City Palace, Jaipur)

Scope: Visiting Research Fellow (2015), Architecture & Access Consultant (2016)

Projects:

  • Physical Access Audit
  • Architectural Planning
  • Needs Assessment Plans
  • Restoration & Adaptive Reuse of Havelis
  • Designing Prototypes for Intellectual Access
  • Braille Guide Book, Tactile Repro

As a visiting research fellow at the Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II Museum Trust, Jaipur and under the Saint Gobain Scholarship for ‘Research for Prototyping of Cultural Material for Universal Access (physical & intellectual disability) :: Heritage for ALL’, Siddhant Shah’s expertise was instrumental in a major project where India’s 1st Open Source Braille Guide Book with Tactile plates for the City Palace Museum of Jaipur was launched by Princess DiyaKumari of Jaipur on the eve of Commonwealth Association of Museums’ Access Workshop in India. Other prototypes designed were tactile adaptations of the miniature paintings, maps and the photographs for the Painting & Photography Gallery, which would allow the visually impaired visitors to engage with the object.

As an access consultant, Shah was instrumental in creating ramps and designing the wheelchair friendly toilets in the museum’s ground as an outcome of the access audit. Along with Umang Jaipur (a school for kids with special needs) Siddhant conducted an on-site simulation and sensitization activity for the in-house museum staff and its curatorial team. He has been coordinating the in-house architectural and restoration works for the new exit area, temporary gallery, legal office, adaptive reuse of havelis and needs assessments plan as per the Strategic Plan. Shah has been working closely with the outreach department to create Braille tactile exhibits for visually impaired, for the various festivals of Jaipur.