Dr Sushma Jansari

Curator. Author. Podcaster.


My portfolio of work covers the full spectrum of curatorial work, from curating and co-curating displays to acquisitions, text writing and storage projects.

As Tabor Foundation Curator: South Asia, British Museum, Sushma has expertise across curatorial projects, including gallery talks, audio-described tours for visually impaired people, presenting YouTube videos, chairing and participating in panel discussions… and so much more!

Currently, Sushma is the Lead Curator, Manchester Museum South Asia Gallery in partnership with the British Museum. This gallery is wholly co-curated with a community collective (opening 2022).




Regularly contributes to exhibition catalogues and books, while also writing reviews and producing content for popular online and print publications. Topics range from ancient art and history to contemporary issues on museums and culture.

Recently commissioned to write a creative response to Mohini Chandra’s film work Belated as part of Care | Contagion | Community – Self and Other, an exhibition at Autograph, London (2021-22). This piece is also published in the associated catalogue.

At present, Sushma is writing a book for UCL Press with the working title Chandragupta Maurya: The creation of a national hero in India.


Founder, presenter and producer of The Wonder House podcast and co-host of the British Museum podcast. Guest appearances on other podcasts, including Museum Archipelago and Sick to Death: a History of Medicine in 10 Objects.

Discussions range from magazine style content about exhibitions and projects to in-depth interviews on topics as diverse as leadership, digital collaboration and British colonial era dispersal of museum collections. Invited to give Tedx talk on conversations: Challenging Stereotypes of Difference.

Sushma provides advice on all aspects of setting up a new podcast, from creating storylines to recording, web hosting and much more!

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