Amaravathi Heritage Center & Museum

Upcoming Activities
European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018 #EuropeForCulture Closing conference, 6-7 December 2018, Vienna, Austria
12th Sustainability Conference | Urban Sustainability: Inspiration & Solution, Jan 2016, Portland, USA
Inaugural International Conference on Tourism & Leisure Studies, April 2016, Hawaii, USA
9th International Conference on the Inclusive Museum | Urbanism, Inclusion, and Cultural Freedoms, Sept 2016, Cincinnati, USA
Inclusive Cultural Leadership in Sustainable Development Field School, Dec 2016-Jan 2017, Vietnam
Recent Activities
8th International Conference on the Inclusive Museum | Museums as Civic Spaces, Aug 2015, New Delhi, India
Keynote: ICCN 2014 Festival and General Assembly,, Oct 2014, Isfahan, Iran
7th International Conference on the Inclusive Museum, August 2014, Los Angeles, USA
Masterclass & Keynote | Pathways: Connecting Museums & Communities. South East Queensland Small Museums Conference, 21-24 August 2014, Australia
Keynote speech to Exploring Borders, 6th General Conference of ASEMUS,, Sept 2014, Weltmuseum Wien, Vienna, Austria
Keynote speech to Museums and Innovations. ICOM - International Conference on Ethnography, Oct 2014, Zagreb, Croatia
Co-facilitator and lead, Ha Long Ecomuseum study tour: Postcolonial Museology, Appropriate Capacity Building and Regional Engagement, ICOM-ICTOP Annual Conference,, Oct 2014, Hanoi & Ha Long Bay, Vietnam
Chairperson of the Eleventh Sustainability Conference. Sustainability Dividends- Developmental Fault Lines,, Jan 2015, Copenhagen, Denmark
Strategic Transformations: Museums in 21st Century, February 2014, New Delhi & Kolkata, India
World Culture Forum: The Power of Culture in Sustainable Development, November 2013, Bali, Indonesia
Asia-Europe Foundation Experts' Meeting & Public Forum - Investing in Heritage Cities: Stimulus for Sustainable Tourism and Livelihoods, June 2013, Yangon, Myanmar
Workshop: Heritage as Knowledge Resource: social, political and cultural context, June 2013, Zagreb, Croatia
International Conference on Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability, Jan 2013, Hiroshima, Japan
6th International Conference on the Inclusive Museum, April 2013, Denmark, Copenhagen
UNESCO World Heritage Convention 40th anniversary celebrations & book launch "World Heritage: Benefits Beyond Borders", Nov 2012, Kyoto, Japan
International Symposium on Culture & Sustainable Development, Nov 2012, Paris, France
5th General Conference of the Asia-Europe Museum Network, Sept 2012, Seoul, Korea
More than Meets the Eye - Keynote Lecture
Museums Australia National Conference, Sept 2012, Australia
Expert Meeting on the Protection and Promotion of Museums and Collections July 2012, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil,
European Museum Advisors Conference, May-June 2012, Portugal
NEXT STEP: Putting Culture on the Agenda for the Future of Europe June 2012, Denmark


The Vision

Amaravathi Heritage Center and Museum affirms to serve a diverse society that reconciles and promotes the continuation and development of unique culture and heritage to the benefit of all Telugu people and, in so doing, to develop a uniquely Andhra model for sustainable heritage development.

The Mission

As a demonstration and leadership project concerned with Andhra Pradesh’ museums and heritage, the Amaravathi Heritage Center and Museum in Amaravathi Heritage Town will provide leadership in the management of the state’s diverse natural and cultural heritage for the enrichment of all people so as to:

  • develop and support an inclusive museums and sustainable heritage development practice in Andhra Pradesh;
  • build the capacity for an effective museums and sustainable heritage industry in Andhra Pradesh;
  • address and advocate critical concerns for the future of Andhra Pradesh’ museums and sustainable heritage development.

Core Principles

Amaravathi Heritage Center and Museum in Amaravathi Heritage Town will adhere to two international standard-setting instruments: Code of Ethics and the Cultural Diversity Charter of the International Council of Museums (ICOM), which is the largest professional heritage body in the world, based in Paris.

1. DIVERSITY: To recognize and affirm all forms of cultural diversity and biological diversity at local, regional and international levels, and to reflect this diversity in all policies and programmes of museums across the world.

2. PARTICIPATORY DEMOCRACY: To promote enabling and empowering frameworks for active inputs from all stakeholders, community groups, cultural institutions and official agencies through appropriate processes of consultation, negotiation and participation, ensuring the ownership of the processes as the defining element.

3. COOPERATION AND COORDINATION: To cooperate and coordinate in sharing projects and enhancing professional exchanges so as to maximize resources and expertise at regional and global levels.

4. PEACE AND COMMUNITY BUILDING: To promote the sense of place and identity of diverse peoples through appreciating their multiple inheritances — natural and cultural, tangible and intangible, movable and immovable — and fostering a shared vision inspired by the spirit of reconciliation through intercultural and inter-generational dialogue.

5. INNOVATION AND INSPIRATION: To foster creativity and to develop challenging approaches to stimulate inclusive heritage consciousness in culturally and linguistically diverse museum contexts.

6. CAPACITY BUILDING: To make directed and sustained endeavors to increase the operational capacity of museums to respond with vigor and insight to transformation and change in culturally and linguistically diverse societies.

7. PRODUCTIVE DIVERSITY: To maximize approaches that will encourage the diversification of resources to address and reconcile the competing demands of cultural diversity and biodiversity with economic imperatives.

8. STANDARD SETTING: To discuss and debate various UN and UNESCO international heritage law instruments, both soft law recommendations, charters and declarations and hard law conventions and treaties, providing strategic professional leadership, especially with reference to the cultural suite of international legal instruments.

9. SUSTAINABILITY AND CLIMATE CHANGE: To locate culture as the fourth pillar along with economic, social and environmental sustainability and to address the cultural and creative dimensions of climate change.

10. DIGITAL DOMAIN: To understand the differences between digitization, digital access and digital heritage, to support digital access in all activities, and to recognize that digital access is not a substitute for return, restitution and repatriation.

Permanent Collections

A database of all the Buddhist collections is under development. Amaravathi is the birthplace of Mahayana Buddhism and has substantial movable and immovable cultural property for which the Museum is responsible.

Amaravathi Buddhist collections are all over the world, with the largest of them in the British Museum. In the next three years, the Amaravathi Heritage Center and Museum aims to bring them together digitally and profile virtual reality to reanimate the collections.