A workshop inside an object

Durbar Hall is a replica of an Indian palace interior that was a handmade for an 1886 London exhibition about India. Two storeys high and full of amazing detail, it was bought by Lord Brassey and donated to the Hastings Museum and Art Gallery when he died in 1919. It is a significant (and definitely sizeable!) object in the museum’s wonderful collection, and this week we were lucky to be able to hold a workshop in this inspiring space with curators and front-of-house staff. The workshop’s findings will help us to draw up concepts and an interpretation strategy for redisplaying the collection and telling its diverse stories.