Richard Blurton trained as an archaeologist and has worked on excavations in Afghanistan and southern India. In 1986 he joined the British Museum, retiring as Head of the South and Southeast Asia Section in September 2018. In this time, he presented more than sixteen exhibitions including The Enduring Image in 1997, in collaboration with the British Council, which was seen in both New Delhi and Mumbai. His last three exhibitions were concerned with Bengal (2006), Arunachal Pradesh (2008) and Assam (2016). He has published a series of books through British Museum Press, the last of which was Krishna in the Garden of Assam. In both 1992 and in 2017 he worked on new presentations of the Museum’s South Asia collections in the Hotung Gallery, with the 2017 version bringing the collection up to the present century. He is also a Trustee of the Ancient India and Iran Trust, in Cambridge.