JOURNALIST Kavita Puri has been appointed a trustee of the Victoria and Albert Museum for a period of four years. The award-winning journalist and radio broadcaster commenced her role at the London museum, which is not remunerated, from July 2.
Puri currently works for BBC Current Affairs as the editor of foreign affairs documentary programme, Our World.
Her three-part series, Partition Voices for BBC Radio 4, saw Puri documenting stories of the Raj and Asians who lived through the Partition of India 70 years ago, and their impact on Britain today.
The series won several awards, including the Royal Historical Society’s Radio and Podcast Award and its overall Public History Prize.
Puri also received accolades from the Royal Television Society and the Foreign Press Association.
Her interest in charting the story of south Asians migration gave birth to the critically acclaimed Radio 4 series, Three Pounds in My Pocket. Her book based on the BBC series is due out in 2019.
Expressing her delight at the appointment, Puri tweeted, “So proud to be a Trustee of the wonderful @V_an_A.”
Puri’s appointment has been made in accordance with the Cabinet Office’s Governance Code on Public Appointments.
She studied law at Cambridge and she was associated with Newsnight, where she worked as a political producer, film producer and assistant editor.