Inspired By My Museum International Writing Competition

Monday 19 May, 2014


From November 2013 to March 2014, sampad, in partnership with British Council India, ran a major international writing competition called Inspired By My Museum which was officially launched at the Museums Association Conference and Exhibition 2013 in Liverpool.

The competition called on budding writers to record and share their personal reactions, connections or experiences inspired by a visit to a museum.

Entries could be in the form of a poem, short story or reportage and people were able to take their inspiration from the museum space, architecture, design, a specific object or objects within the museum, or even the museum/exhibition curator.

Sampad and British Council India are now delighted to announce the list of the entries that have been selected for publication.

All authors of these entries have been contacted by email. Please email Anne Cockitt , if your name appears below but you haven’t received an email – it may be that we do not have your current, functioning email address.

The partners will be announcing the three overall winners, along with the outstanding and highly commended entries from the list below at special events in India and the UK later this year – watch this space for further details!

The Inspired by My Museum competition is a partnership between sampad and British Council. The competition has received kind support from the Museums Association.


Full list of ‘Inspired By My Museum’ entries selected for publication


Cheryl Braganza
My 1964 Sexual Awakening: Grosvenor Gallery,London, UK

Jennifer Footman
Astarte’s Pendant: The Cyprus Exhibition,
National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh, UK

Nayoung Jin
Seahorse: The Beaty Biodiversity Museum, Vancouver


Iva Tkalec
Ordinary Love: Museum of Broken Relationships, Zagreb


Louise Robinson-Brouze
An Awakening: The Egyptian Museum of Antiquities, Cairo, Egypt 8


Vinita Agrawal
Priest King: National Museum, Karachi, Pakistan

Francis Anthony
How Tropical Kerala Unearthed my Buried Cultural Memories:
Mattancherry Palace, Kochi, Kerala

Adrija Bandyopadhyay
Nikita’s Arrival: The Indian Museum, Kolkata

Anneshya Banerjee
Inspired by My Museum: Netaji Museum, Giddapahar, Kurseong

Ishani Banerji
In Midst Of Oblivion: The Indian Museum, Kolkata

Siddhartha Basak
Home: The British Museum, London, UK

Divyesh Bhandari
Museum Man: Leeds City Museum, UK

Megha Chatterjee
Kurusura Submarine Museum: Vishakhapatnam

Madhulika Dutta
Dreams: National Museum, New Delhi

Manaswita Ghosh
An Imagination from the Past, an Inspiration for the Present:
Victoria Memorial Hall, Kolkata

Shambhobi Ghosh
In Time: The British Museum, London, UK

Ashwini Gowariker
The Anchor of Wood: Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum, Poland

Anjali Gupta
Impressions…: Albert Hall Museum, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India

Nita Idnani
A National Museum on The Life and Works of Sardar Patel:
Sardar Memorial-Ahmedabad

Deepa Kylasam Iyer
Wall Paper: La Tour de la Lanterne, La Rochelle, France

Jaya Jain
The Fall: Museum of Broken Relationships, Zagreb, Croatia

Mukul Kumar
The Remnants of Independence: Swatantrata Sangram Sanghralaya,
Red Fort, Delhi 45

Sreya Mallika Datta
Inconsequentiality: Museo Nacional Del Prado, Madrid, Spain

Sharmila Mitra
The Halls of Shadows: The Indian Museum, Kolkata

Archita Mittra
The Silent Storyteller: Kolkata Panorama (Town Hall), Kolkata

Arpita Mittra
The Museum of Museums: The Heritage of North Kolkata

Utsa Mukherjee
Me and my Colours!: National Museum of Bhutan, Paro, Bhutan

Juhi Neogi
My Visit to the Bard’s Home: Tagore Museum,
Jorasanko Thakur Bari, Kolkata

Mrudula Patil
Museum of National History, New York, USA

Sharon Puthur
The Handkerchief: The Prince of Wales Museum, Mumbai

Mythili Rao
The Threshold: Museum at Jaipur and Delhi

Neelam Saxena Chandra
Mahatma: Anand Bhawan, Allahbad

Mithu Sen
MOU (Museum of Unbelongings):
The Cabinets at my Home, New Delhi

Gaurav Sharma
Ugly/Beauty: The Louvre, Paris, France

Vatsala Sharma
Photographs: A Window to the Past and Memories:
National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi

Aarushi Singh
Curiousete: CSMVS, Fort, Mumbai

Shanta Singha
She: Guwahati, Assam State Museum

Shreya Sudesh
Of Light on Legacies: Egmore Museum, Chennai

Sneha Sundaram
The Weeping Woman: Tate Modern, London, UK

Annie Besant Tresa Rani
Welcome to the Museum: The British Museum, London, UK


Zoha Ahmed
Vincent Van Gogh: The British Museum, London, UK


Martin Bennett
‘The Last of England’: After a painting by Ford Madox Brown,
Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, Birmingham, UK


Shih Yen Chang
Lotus Shoes: Otago Museum, Dunedin


Emecheta Christian
The Museum: National Gallery of Modern Art, Lagos

Francis Ugochukwu Maduakor
Gloom: National War Museum, Umuahia

Ubio Obu
The Last Drum of Freedom: Slave Trade Museum,
Calabar, Cross River, Nigeria


Ariba Zahir
Of Massive Wings, Metallic Bodies And Mechanical Birds…:
PAF Museum Karachi, Shahra-e-Faisal


Katherine Turkina
Blank Verse of Shadow Theatre. K. Malevich “Black Square”:
The State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow


Milan Simonovic
When My Dream Comes True: Narodni Muzej, Belgrade


Yu Ching Tan
Glass Changes: National Museum of Singapore


Rossana Favero-Karunaratna
That Small Museum!: Yatala


Elsa Fischer
The Old Masters: “Still Life” Exhibit. – Kunstmuseum, Basel 2009


Antonina Litak
We Are All Leaves Of The Same Tree:
The Museum of Folk Architecture and Life, Uzhhorod

Alla Vovk
Kiev, Independence Square


Kenneth Adams
Inspired By My Museum: Fleetwood Museum, Lancashire

Robert Awork
My daughter and the Museum: Liverpool Museum

Peter Barnfather
Reflections: Musée du Louvre, Paris, France

Skye Bayley
Trapped: Potteries Museum and Art Gallery, Stoke on Trent

Sarah Beney
Remembrance: RAF Air Defence Radar Museum, Neatishead, Norfolk

Anna Berg
The Teacher Smiled: Imperial War Museum North, Manchester

Rachel Bourne
The Bigger Picture: Herbert Art Gallery and Museum, Coventry

Becky Bye
The Museum: Sturminster Newton Museum, North Dorset

Terry Caffrey
Glass I: St. Helen’s Glass Museum, Merseyside

Andrew Campbell-Kearsey
The Brighton Museum Cat: Brighton Museum, East Sussex

Jane Campion Hoye
Waterfall Glory: The Guinness Storehouse Museum, Dublin, Ireland

Glynis Charlton
Krill: Maritime Museum, Hull

Lynda Clark
Climbing Stairs in Karlsruhe: Badisches Landemuseum,
Karlsruhe, Germany

Phoebe Clothier
The Will To Survive: Imperial War Museum, London

Oran Crawford
The day I met Evil: Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum, Poland

Mel Cross
Salute: The Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

Nija Dalal
Lost; Manchester Museum, Manchester

Linda Delderfield
Waste of Space: Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, Birmingham

Cathie Devitt
Kelvingrove:Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Glasgow, Scotland

Rani Drew
Heritage: Sedgwick Museum, Cambridge

Joss Emmett
Art In Every Form: The Holburne Museum, Bath

Olive Gallagher
The Cloam Oven: Combe Martin Museum, North Devon

Frances Gapper
The Terror of the Oceans: Natural History Museum, London

Rosie Garland
Sir Thomas Aston at the Deathbed of his Wife:
Manchester Museum, Manchester

Uschi Gatward
Toothbrush Ring: Huntingdon War Museum, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire

Thomas Giles
Lost Technology: National History Museum, London

Wendy Goulstone
Earth Mother: Te Papa Museum, Wellington, New Zealand

Linda Hardy
At The Museum: Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, Birmingham

Hilary Hares
A Gift for the Button Museum: Birmingham Button Museum (now closed)

Philip Howard
Pauline in the Yellow Dress, Sir James Gunn, 1944:
Harris Museum and Art Gallery, Preston, Lancashire

Anna Hunter
A Journey Into Awe: Ulster Museum, Belfast, Northern Ireland

Sophie-Louise Hyde
Still Credited to a Woman: Charnwood Museum,
Loughborough, Leicestershire

Lucy Jackson
Touching the Past: The Mary Rose Museum, Portsmouth, Hampshire

Simon Jackson
Sgriob: The Dufftown Whisky Museum, Speyside, Scotland

Tom Jones
The Museum: Newark-on-Trent Museum in about 1953

I.M. Khalifa
Sakura and The Ivory Carver: Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

Chris Kinsey
The Meteorite Hunters: The Spaceguard Centre,
near Knighton, Powys, Wales

Brian Francis Kirkham
Another Earth: Imperial War Museum North, Manchester

Tim Knight
Between The Threshold: Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge

Mariia Kukkakorpi
Remains: Natural History Museum, London

Neil Laurenson
Free Admission: Salt Museum, Droitwich Spa, Worcestershire

Andrew Lemming
Love Among The Exhibits: Various (School Trips: 1975 to 1977)

Jane Lovell
Balto the Sled Dog: Cleveland Museum of Natural History, Ohio, USA

Safoora Masood
Backbone of the Town: Bankfield Museum, Halifax, West Yorkshire

S J Menary
My Ancestor and I: Jewry Wall Museum & the Nasby Battlefield Project,

Naeem Mirza
Discovery Road: Eureka! National Children’s Museum,
Halifax, West Yorkshire

Zahid Mirza
Open Spaces: Cartwright Hall, Bradford, West Yorkshire

Frances Nagle
With Simon in Florence: The Bargello in Florence, Italy

Karen Naylor
Cobra: Wakefield Museum, West Yorkshire

Miruna Olaru
Am I not a Woman and a Sister?: National Maritime Museum, London

Verity Owen
‘Things’: Sedgwick Museum and Zoology Museum, Cambridge

Seanagh Palmer – Pilgrim
The Bayeux: Museum of Reading, Reading

Laura Parkes
Grounded by the M-Shed: M-Shed, Bristol Docks, Bristol

Kauser Parveen
The Theme of Life: Cartwright Hall, Bradford, West Yorkshire

Saiqa Parveen
The Palace Museum: Amar Mahal Palace, India

David Pearce
Harriet: Fleetwood Museum, Fleetwood

Mary Pearson
First Nation People: G Catlin – Native American Portraits,
Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Birmingham

Lynn Pegler
Chance Encounter with a Flying Suit:
Imperial War Museum North, Manchester

Olivia Phillips
Quality Time: Victoria & Albert Museum, London

Jenna Plewes
Leave Me in the Light: Lynn Museum, King’s Lynn, Norfolk

Amanda Quinn
Wallace: Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens, Sunderland

Joyce Reed
Poetry Reading at the Museum: Manchester Museum

Lizzy Ridout
Hanging Out: National Portrait Gallery, London

T E Samad
Long Live the Bard:Shakespeare’s Birthplace, Stratford-upon-Avon

Rebecca Audra Smith
Sea Dirge; The Manchester Museum, Coral Exhibition

Mary Stableford
Goodbye-ee: Tate Britain, London, and Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

Augustus Stephens
Jina: Victoria & Albert Museum, London

Laurence Sullivan
In The Tea Leaves: The V&A Museum, London

Alice Taylor
Cypresses: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, USA

Laurence Tilley
Kissing under the Pterodactyl, An Odd Ode:
Natural History Museum, London

Michelle Tudor
Standing Still: Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, Hiroshima, Japan

Jocelyn Watson
Inspirational: National Portrait Gallery, London


Elvis Alves
Three Legged Buddha (after the sculpture by Zhang Huan):
Storm King Art Center, New York

Joann Cook
Museum of Glass: Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, New York

Torsa Ghosal
Bata Shoe Museum, Toronto: Bata Shoe Museum, Toronto, Canada

Jessica Goody
“Madonna and Child”: Telfair Museum of Art, Savannah, Georgia

Ojaswee Rajbhandary
The Man in the Khaki Pants: American Museum of Natural History,
New York City 223

SJ Wolfe
Padihershef and Me: George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum,
Springfield, Mass