Heritage Outreach in the Time of COVID-19 - Online Global Leaders


From 1772 to 1911, Calcutta was the centre of British colonial administration in South Asia. As an erstwhile colonial city, its heritage is greatly contested in the current postcolonial setting.

Along with the pressure of rapid urbanization and ambiguous heritage policies, this makes Kolkata a compelling case study of the complexities of urban heritage in South Asia.

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused massive disruptions in lives and livelihoods worldwide. One of the sectors that is most adversely affected is heritage management and outreach. Museums, historic sites and spaces and forms of intangible cultural heritage are trying to find ways to reach out to their audience in the immediate community and beyond in the present COVID19 situation and the post-COVID world.

This Global Leaders Programme invites students from the UK and India to draw from their experiences to discuss and engage with the problems of heritage outreach in the COVID19 situation and come up with blueprints of actionable strategies and solutions which can be effective avenues of community outreach in the heritage and cultural sector in a post-COVID world. 

What happens?

This programme is hosted by Heritage Walk Calcutta and will group Exeter students with local students over Zoom to try and find solutions to the current problems posed by COVID-19 to the heritage management and outreach sector. This virtual Global Leaders Programme will be hosted via Zoom. All participants need to have a free Zoom account and have the Zoom client (link below) downloaded on their phone, ipad, laptop or desktop. Please make sure that you have a working webcam, headphone and microphone.

Heritage Walk Calcutta is a social enterprise in Kolkata, India, that is dedicated to creating greater awareness of the city's heritage for locals and visitors alike by curating immersive experiences based on in-depth academic research. It was founded in 2017 by Tathagata Neogi, an Exeter PhD in Archaeology, and his wife Chelsea McGill, who has a background in Linguistic Anthropology. Heritage Walk Calcutta's team of experts offers experiences as varied as walking tours, family history trails, and community-focused capacity building workshops.

To find out more about Heritage Walk Calcutta visit their website and their social media channels at @heritagewalkcal

Further details on the programme can be found here

This programme will take place from the 20th - 26th of July 2020


What are the eligibility criteria?

  • You are an Undergraduate student at the University of Exeter or your year of Graduation is 2020
  • You have a good record of academic achievement
  • You demonstrate a keen interest in the overarching topic of the trip
  • Students must be available to take part in the whole week of the programme and will be expected to attend all sessions and participate actively in independent work to meet the project goals and learning outcomes
  • One or more of Widening Participation Criteria applies to yourself - found here WP Criteria 2019/20

Why apply? 

“Graduates face increasing competition when entering the labour market” (UUK, 2017)

 Online mobility is a great way to continue building your employability skillset and intercultural skills despite the current barriers to travel posed by COVID-19. 

How do I apply?

The application deadline is EXTENDED to Wednesday the 15th of July at midnight. To apply, click here

Any queries please direct to outbound@exeter.ac.uk