The Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH) founded in 1984 is India’s largest non-profit membership organisation dedicated to conservation and preservation of India’s natural, cultural, living, tangible and intangible heritage. In February 2003, INTACH entered into an agreement with the Municipal Corporation Greater Mumbai (MCGM) and the Jamnalal Bajaj Foundation to restore and revitalise the Dr Bhau Daji Lad Mumbai City Museum. INTACH Mumbai is a member of the Trust which is responsible for the management of the Museum.
The INTACH Art Conservation Centre was established in October 2004.
The Conservation Centre has since taken responsibility for the preservation of the Museum Collection. The Centre has cared for the neglected, fungus infected and damaged objects and has conserved approximately 4500 objects to date.
The Conservation Centre specializes in documentation with preventive and curative conservation of paintings, papers, textiles, objects (ceramics, metals and organic materials), manuscripts and books. All conservation efforts are carried out in compliance with established guidelines for practice which mandate the use of archival and reversible material with minimum invasive treatments and methods. Each object is carefully studied and accessed to understand its history, fabrication and chemical nature. Objects are documented, weighed and measured, photographed before, during and after treatment. Steps are taken to preserve and stabilize objects and bring them closer to their original appearance by mending broken components and removing damaging accretions.
The Conservation team also assists with the storage, installation and exhibition of artworks.
The INTACT Documentation Centre at the Museum is compiling an archive that documents Mumbai’s art, culture, history, traditions and architecture.
FilmIt, organised by INTACH and the Helen Hamlyn Trust (U.K.), is a multi-cultural project which fosters cross - cultural understanding amongst school children in India and the U.K. through the exciting experience of creating short films. FilmIt is organised by.
FilmIt engages students in developing short films on culture themes that can be shared with their partner schools in India and the U.K. Each school is given a video camera and the students and teachers are trained in filming techniques. The process of filmmaking helps children to investigate, understand and appreciate their natural and cultural environment and share these experiences with others.
INTACH’s Heritage Education and Communication Service (HECS), with the support of the Ministry of Culture, launched a Heritage Club programme in 2002. INTACH Heritage Clubs encourage student involvement in heritage and conservation projects inspired by their local built, natural and living heritage. School teachers who wish to establish a heritage club for their students are trained by INTACH staff and are assisted with a range of resources and project ideas.
For more information on INTACH programmes please contact INTACH1@gmail.com or 91 22 65719211