The Attic (a name which commemorates our first physical location) is, first and foremost, a site for the research students of the School of Museum Studies at the University of Leicester: a virtual community which aims to include all students, be they campus-based and full-time, or distance-learning and overseas. But we welcome contributions from students of museum studies - and allied subject areas - from outside the School and from around the world. Here you will find a lot of serious stuff, like exhibition and research seminar reviews, conference alerts and calls for papers, but there's also some 'fluff'; the things that inspire, distract and keep us going. After all, while we may be dead serious academic types, we're human too.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009


Builders’ Sketchbooks!

Posted using ShareThis

Are you a Museopunk?

New Curator has coined a new term to describe, well, a category that I guess most of us fall into: Museopunk. Museopunk's

...have some of the best ideas and the most energy yet they aren’t very high in the hierarchy.
The concept, such as it is - still fluid and loosely-defined - really appeals to me. What do you think?



Just popping in to introduce myself to the readers of the Attic! I'm another Jenny, and a new PhD student here at Leicester. I took the MA course last year and am thrilled to be back!

Starting a PhD here is made so much easier by the friendly community - thank you so much all.

I guess I'll tell you a little about myself and then leave you alone until I think of something proper to blog about! My research will look at Time in museums - how the elements which create a museum (architecture, objects, display etc) come together to create a temporal character within that space. I hope also to explore the museum as an embodiment of particular cultural and philosophical notions of Time, what Time is and how it is created and works.

Take care all, I look forward to blogging more soon! Thank you again for the warm welcome.


Symposium Announcement: Materiality & Intangibility: Contested Zones

Symposium Alert

Welcome to Leicester!

We are delighted to welcome...

Align Left
Jen (another one!)
Julia (who becomes full-time, campus-based)
Mariana and
Victoria our merry band of PhDs this academic year!

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Blogs: Jumping in Art Museums!

A lovely little blog with a very simply premise, Jumping in Art Museums features excited and inspired visitors jumping for the sheer joy of it!

[Via Nina Simon of Museum 2.0 on Twitter]

Friday, September 25, 2009

Billy the Bookcase says hello

The BBC news magazine asks: what's the point of bookshelves, and what do they say about you?

Because my nickname in elementary school was "Librarian" (this was hurtful only if you knew our school librarian), I thought this would be a good jumping-off point to talk about books with our readers. Certainly, as grad students, we spend more than enough time around books - in libraries, archives, our homes and offices. We all know that the typical academic accumulates enough books to make the shelves sag with the weight of hardcovers two- to three-deep. Perhaps we even strive for this, thinking that books are the external symbol of success.

But I think it goes deeper than that. Attic contributors Jen and Ceri have shared their collections of books with us, and have even hinted at how their prized books are arranged in their homes. Clearly, although they collect vintage books that might be looked on with envy by some people, they have a deep connection to their collections, and see themselves reflected within the titles they have accumulated.

There is an attitude of reverence that comes with books, at least for me. Perhaps this is because in the Jewish faith, holy books are treated with reverence - if you accidentally drop a prayer book, you kiss it when you pick it up; Torah Scrolls that are too damaged for use are buried like human beings. If I don't know you and trust you, I will not lend you my books; I don't want them returned soiled and dog-eared, with the spines cracked. Then again, there is a joy in sharing books - another friend of mine buys multiple copies of the books he loves, and gives them away to friends. It is through him that I acquired my first volume of poetry by Pablo Neruda, and I have paid the debt forward by giving books by Edward Gorey to friends.

To me, and to many of my friends, books are among our most prized possessions. There were always bookshelves heaving with books in my homes as a child - we had a low cabinet with doors, the back of which was coming away from the frame because the quantity of books pushed it out. My father installed wall shelves in our first house, because we didn't have room for assembled bookshelves that sit on the floor. I miss my books when I am away from them, and have a LibraryThing account to help me keep track of what books I have when I am travelling and get tempted by museum bookstore sales. One of my good friends decorates with her books - hers are arranged by size, with colour-coordination as a secondary means of organization.

Since I am, like many museum people, ever-so-slightly OCD, and definitely curious, I want to know: how do you organise your book collections, prized and mundane?

My books are arranged by theme or topic, then by author or series if applicable, and interspersed with knick-knacks that I want displayed. Colour and size are not a huge deal for me, which probably leads to messier-looking shelves than many people would be happy with, but I like my shelves to be functional. I want to always be able to find my books on Dress-As-Art, for example, which are separate from my collection of vintage etiquette manuals, which in turn don't mix with my books of poetry. Here's a couple of photos (taken with my webcam, so apologies for the quality) to help you visualise.
Slightly vertiginous, sorry - the boxes up top house my vintage hat collection.My dress and art books are on a different shelving unit on the other side of the room

random objects - France

this was a figure covered in mirrors which was hanging upside down from a cable inside an underground champagne cellar in Reim. its a pity the photo didnt come out too well...

random objects - thailand

more random objects - japan

cake mould

i dont know what these are... any ideas?

Random objects - vietnam

elephant feet vases

Monday, September 21, 2009

Museums and the Web 2010 (Denver, CO/US, April 13-17, 2010)


Deadline September 30, 2009

Museums and the Web 2010
the international conference for culture and heritage on-line
April 13-17, 2010
Denver, Colorado, USA

Museums and the Web explores the social, cultural, design, technological, economic, and organizational issues of culture, science and heritage on-line. Taking an international perspective, MW reviews and analyzes the issues and impacts of networked cultural, natural and scientific heritage. Our community has been meeting since 1997, imagining, tracking, analyzing, and influencing the role museums play on the Web.

Proposals are invited from professionals and researchers in all areas actively exploring the creation, on-line presentation and use of cultural, scientific and heritage content, and its re-use and evaluation.

The bibliography of past MW papers (all on-line since 1997) can be searched at

On-line proposal submission is required. Use the form at

Please co-ordinate your proposals with your collaborators. Multiple proposals about the same project will not be accepted.

Proposals are peer-reviewed individually by an International Program Committee; full sessions are rarely accepted. Proposals for sessions should be submitted as individual papers with a covering note. The committee may choose to accept some papers and not others.

MW sessions vary in format - from formal Papers to informal Birds of a Feather lunches, and from structured Professional Forums to timely Unconference Sessions. Find the best format for your idea, by reviewing the session formats at

Proposals due September 30, 2009
- for papers, mini-workshops + professional forums (written paper required by Jan. 31, 2010)

Proposals due December 31, 2009
- for demonstrations (written paper optional)

The Museums and the Web program is built from the ground up, from your proposals. Add your ideas to the on-line discussion at

Review the MW2010 Call for Participation on-line at

Contact the MW2010 Conference Co-Chairs
David Bearman + Jennifer Trant, Archives & Museum Informatics

We hope to see you in Denver.

jennifer and David

Jennifer Trant and David Bearman
Co-Chairs: Museums and the Web 2010 produced by
April 13-17, 2010, Denver, Colordo Archives & Museum Informatics 158 Lee Avenue
email: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
phone +1 416 691 2516 | fax +1 416 352-6025

H-Net Network for Museums and Museum Studies

CONF: Collections, Connections and Communities (Ottawa/CA, 1-4 October 2009)

Collections, Connections and Communities.
making museums and galleries in Canada inclusive and accessible
National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa
1-4 October, 2009

How do museums and galleries develop new audiences and adapt to a diverse population? How do we facilitate the meaningful involvement of the very communities we aspire to represent through our exhibitions, curatorial research, and interpretive planning?

In response to growing interest and demand for training and dialogue from museums and galleries across Canada, this national conference will examine these and other topics which address new and innovative ways to make exhibitions, programs and spaces more accessible for all visitors, including those with disabilities.

Speakers will include leading experts in the field of community outreach, cognitive psychology, adaptive technology and multi-modal learning as well as Canadians with disabilities.

Speakers will include Catherine Frazee, John Kennedy, Alan Shain, Nina Levent, John Rae, Ravi Malhotra, Elizabeth Sweeney etc.

Organized and hosted by the National Gallery of Canada. Sponsored by The J.W. McConnell Family Foundation, in partnership with the Canada Science and Technology Museum and Sign Language Interpreting Associates Ottawa Inc.



Registration $125.00
Participants with disabilities and on limited income may apply for a reduced fee. Subsidized spaces are limited.
Please contact or call 613-949-8378 for more

Contact Information
National Gallery of Canada
Department of Education and Public Programs
380 Sussex Drive
P.O. Box 427, Station A
Ottawa, Ontario K1N 9N4

H-Net Network for Museums and Museum Studies

CONF: 6th International Field School in Museums and Sustainable Heritage Development

6th International Field School in Museums and Sustainable Heritage Development
Vietnam, 11th to 30th January 2010

The Field School is facilitated through a formal framework agreement between the Director General of the Vietnam National Department for Cultural Heritage and the President and Vice Chancellor of the University of Queensland (UQ). It is now an integral part of the extensive engagement of the UQ with Vietnam. You can examine the two related documents on the above web page.

A formal evaluation of the Field School was conducted by the UQ through its Teaching and Educational Development Institute in early 2009. The full evaluation report can be accessed on the web page including comments by 25 participants from 15 countries.

Past participants include Masters students, M Phil and PhD candidates seeking Advanced Study Options or formal field work research induction, graduating students who wish to develop practical cross cultural understanding through a course as their final year of study; and employees in the heritage, museum, gallery, library, archival, environmental and cultural economic sectors seeking a certified Professional Development Program.

Alumni include graduates and researchers from a range of study areas: education, anthropology, archaeology, history, environmental sciences, conservation of cultural materials, art history, community development, creative arts and so on. Several artists and heritage professionals have also participated.

The Field School is a deep transformative learning experience and not a study tour. It is based on a decade of applied research and practical project implementation in Vietnam by the Convener and several decades of research and sustainable heritage development leadership of leadingVietnamese scholars and professionals who contribute to the program.

Annual cohorts are targeted to include participants from 8 to 10 countries to create an immersion learning environment as an international cross cultural exchange program. There are 10 partially subsidised places available to be filled by the 1st of October 2009.

Please visit the web page for further details and the initial application.

===== =========================================================

Professor Amareswar Galla, PhD
School of English, Media Studies and Art History, The University of
Queensland Brisbane 4072, Qld Australia Fax. + 61 7 3365 2799
International Field School in Museums and Sustainable Heritage Development:
CRICOS Code 00025B
Chairperson, Cross Cultural Task Force, International Council of Museums,
Paris Convener, Pacific Asia Observatory for Cultural Diversity in Human
Development (UNESCO):
Editor-in-Chief, International Journal of Intangible Heritage,

H-Net Network for Museums and Museum Studies

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Reflections on writing-up #18

At the darkest times it feels like it shall never, ever end. But I can assure you it does, eventually. :D

Though it will leave you exhausted, pasty, lard-arsed and quite possibly suffering from Academic Acne (aka 'PhD Pustules).

Museum Studies Students! Get into the MA conference for free!

I notice in the latest issue of the Museums Journal Jobs Supplement that the Museums Association is seeking current or recent graduates (within the last two years) to volunteer (front-of-house and stewarding) at their conference in London between 5th and 7th October, in return for free entry to the conference.

For more information contact Lorainne O'Leary.

I assume the offer applies equally to masters and PhD students.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

PUBLICATIONS: Latest issue of museum & society

Museumsociety mailing list
The latest issue of museum & society is now available online at:


'Journey without maps': unsettling curatorship in cross-cultural contexts
Lisa Chandler

Translations: experiments in dialogic representation of cultural diversity in three museum sound installations
Mary Hutchison and Lea Collins

Objects, subjects, bits and bytes: learning from the digital collections of the National Museums
Siân Bayne, Jen Ross and Zoe Williamson

Review Article

Simon J. Knell, Suzanne MacLeod and Sheila Watson (eds), Museum Revolutions: How Museums Change and are Changed
Kylie Message

PUBLICATION: Journal of Museum Education, Vol. 34, 2009, N. 2

Journal of Museum Education:
A Publication of the Museum Education Roundtable

"Educational Leadership"
Editor: Elizabeth L. Maurer
Summer 2009
128 pages; Vol. 34, N. 2

Table of Contents

From the Editor – Elizabeth L. Maurer

Guest Editor's Introduction: The Museum Educator Crisis – Tina R. Nolan

Recessionary Layoffs in Museum Education: Survey Results and Implications – Ron Kley

Welcome Mr. Director and Good Luck! – Rafael Rosa

Sidebar One: Growth and Leadership without Advancement, A Case Study – Rafael Rosa

A Conversation about Educational Leadership in Museums – Leslie Bedford

Sidebar 2: How to Survive a Graduate Program While Working Full-Time at a Museum – Amy Schwartz

Shared Professional Knowledge: Implications for Emerging Leaders – Lynn Uyen Tran and Heather King

Benchmarking: Education on the Road – Maria Mingalone

A Scenario for the Future of Museums – Mary Kay Cunningham

From the Margins to the Center: Recommendations for Current and Aspiring Educational Leaders – Tina R. Nolan

The Leader's Bookshelf: Suggestions for Reading More about Change Leadership – Tina R. Nolan

TO ORDER this issue, visit our website at:

Journal ISSN: 1059-8650
Issue ISBN: 978-1-59874-821-5

Individuals: $25
Museums: $50
Institutions: $70

To subscribe to the Journal of Museum Education, published every Spring, Summer, and Fall, visit our website at

Members of the Museum Education Roundtable (MER) receive a subscription to the journal and a discount on back issues as part of their membership. To join MER, go to

For more information, contact Stefania R. Van Dyke at or Terri Stanfield at


Humanities-Net Discussion List for Art History
E-Mail-Liste fuer Kunstgeschichte im H-Net

Fragen an die Redaktion / Editorial Board Contact Address:

Beitraege bitte an / Submit contributions to:



Sunday, September 13, 2009

CFP: GRADBritain

We are into a new academic year and autumn is here…it can only mean one thing - a new issue of GRADBritain! Feeling refreshed and motivated to take on the term ahead or are you feeling the PhD blues? How about writing about it in an article for GRADBritain. We are looking for articles of 800 words on ANYTHING PhD-related! Any pearls of wisdom or comments on the state of academia that you wish to share with your peers? We would love to hear from you!

The deadline for the autumn issue is October 1st. Please send your article in word-doc format to with the file saved under your own name.


Guidelines are available at:

To get a sense of the style and content of GRADBritain and to download previous issues please visit:

Also, we are keen to hear your opinions of GRADBritain. We have a very quick survey on our website

if you have time to spare please have a look and give us your feedback so we can work on making GRADBritain even better!

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

CFP: Transforming Culture in Digital Age


Tartu, Estonia, 14-16 April, 2010

Increasingly, we see new forms of culture being born in the variety of online environments. Users have become producers taking over production of online content and traditional hierarchies of users and producers are collapsing. At the same time, traditional memory institutions like museums, archives, libraries and acknowledged artists struggle to make sense of the transformations that are coming together with new technologies. In this interdisciplinary conference we aim to look at the questions as how such developments influence culture - how is culture transformed in the digital age with a specific focus on the intersection of individuals and institutions. We hope to look at the notion of culture and transformations of the cultural heritage through a variety of disciplines ranging from arts and history to heritage studies and from museum studies to sociology and from media and literature studies to archival studies. The conference calls for variety of people both researchers and practitioners to discuss and analyze how digital culture is produced and consumed both in traditional and new forms.

This conference aims to explore the questions above through wide variety of themes. Possible paper topics are (but not limited to):


1. Changing User

· User, consumer, creator, producer?

· User as a creator of the content

· Role of the user in the heritage world

· Cultural participation

· Using globalised content

· Global or local user practices?

· Digital libraries and user preferences

· User in the archives: practices and expectations

· Museum collections in the hand of the visitor

2. Re-Mediating Personal Memory

· New forms of storytelling and expression

· Blogging your own history

· Digital photos and videos as part of self

· Re-imaging self in the digital age

3. Rewriting Cultural Memory

· Rewriting the histories of arts

· Changing hierarchies: canon, centre and periphery

· New cultural history and the reception strategies

· Role of the audiovisual archives

· Archive as a creator of the content of memory

· Digital resources of the cultural memory

4. Cultural Heritage

· Questioning and interpreting the concept of heritage

· From national to global: collections as a determining power

· Collecting heritage today

· The role and the future of the original

· Future perspectives on different memory institutions

· Making digital content available

· Cultural heritage and Web 2.0 strategy

5. Digital Literature

· The perspectives of digital literature

· Hypertext and cybertext theory

· Author and the cyberspace

· Reader and the cyberspace

· Electronic poetry and electronic narratives
· Blogging and literature

· Fan culture in Internet

· Creating new canons: questioning the borders of literature

6. Digital Art

· Digital creativity

· Immaterial art and real artists

· Creativity in surveillance environment

· Artworks between locations

· New media art and problems of reception

· Digital art and authorship

· New media art education

*Confirmed Keynote Speakers* (alphabetically listed):
*Marju Lauristin* - Marju Lauristin is a professor of social communication at University of Tartu, she has studied cultural changes from the user's perspective since 1960s and has closely observed the changes related to new media.
*Edward Shanken *- Edward A. Shanken writes and teaches about the entwinement of art, science, and technology with a focus on interdisciplinary practices involving new media. He is Universitair Docent in New Media, University of Amsterdam, and a member of the Media Art History faculty at the Donau University in Krems, Austria.
Additional keynotes will be announced on the conference website.

Please submit a 500-word abstract with the name and institutional affiliation of the speaker (mailing address & email address) through our conference website:


Deadline for abstracts: November 23, 2009.
Deadline for acceptance information: December 14, 2009.
Deadline for submitting the completed full-papers (approx 4000 words): March 1, 2010.

Deadline for Early Bird registration: March 1, 2010
Deadline for late registration: April 1, 2010

Conference takes place April 14-16, 2010.

Based on completed papers ISBN-numbered and edited e-book will be published by the time of the conference. Negotiations for publishing the proceedings or selection of extended papers in a paper version of a book or special issue of a journal are under way.

For further details about the conference please visit:

If you have further questions about the conference, please do not hesitate to contact our conference staff: Agnes Aljas and Maarja Savan.

*Conference organizing committee*:

M.A. Agnes Aljas, Estonian National Museum and University of Tartu
Prof. Raivo Kelomees, Estonian Academy of Arts, Tartu Art College
Dr. Marin Laak, Estonian Literary Museum
M.A. Piret Noorhani, Estonian Literary Museum and Baltic Audiovisual Archival Council
Dr. Pille Pruulmann-Vengerfeldt, University of Tartu and Estonian National Museum
M.A. Pille Runnel, Estonian National Museum
Dr. Jaak Tomberg, Estonian Literary Museum
Prof. Piret Viires, Tallinn University and Estonian Literary Museum

Conference secretary: Maarja Savan, Estonian Literary Museum; e-mail:<>

Conference is jointly organized by Estonian Literary Museum, Estonian National Museum, University of Tartu Institute of Journalism and communication, Baltic Audiovisual Archival Council, and supported by Estonian Science Fund Grants no: 7162, 7679, 8006.

Associated organizations: Tallinn University and Estonian Academy of Arts

Publication/CFP: Involving Users in the Co-Construction of Digital Knowledge (special issue)


The editors of Library Trends are pleased to announce plans for a special issue titled "Involving Users in the Co-Construction of Digital Knowledge in Libraries, Archives, and Museums."

This special issue will be guest edited by Drs. Paul F. Marty and Michelle M. Kazmer, College of Communication and Information, Florida State University, with Dr. Corinne Jorgensen (Florida State University), Katherine Burton Jones (Harvard Divinity School), and Richard J. Urban (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign).


Many libraries, archives, and museums provide their users with social computing environments that include the ability to tag collections, annotate objects, and otherwise contribute their thoughts to the knowledge base of the institution. Information professionals and users have responded to the transition to a web 2.0 world of user-created content by developing open source tools to coordinate these activities and researching the best ways to involve users in the co-creation of digital knowledge.

This rapid influx of new technologies and new methods of interacting with users has come at a time when libraries, archives, and museums still struggle to share data across their own institutions, let alone between different types of institutions. Information professionals in libraries, archives, and museums had barely begun to make progress developing crosswalks and data interoperability standards when, as social computing
became the norm on the web, providing the ability for users to manipulate data changed from a cool toy to a basic expectation. Moving forward -- and keeping pace with user expectations -- requires the coordination of many different users (in all their variety) as they contribute, participate, shape, and create all types of data in all types of contexts.

We need to consider what social computing really means for the future of libraries, archives, and museums, and think carefully about the future trends and long-term implications of involving users in the co- construction of knowledge online. It is important to have broad-based discussions about what happens when users are involved in shaping and directing and guiding the development of online libraries, archives, and museums and their information resources.

For this issue of Library Trends, therefore, we seek authors who can step back and think broadly about those issues that are raised when we bring users into the mix in various ways and at various points in the data/information/knowledge life-cycle. We are interested in receiving high-level theory pieces, supported by research data of course, but with a focus on the long-term trends involved and their implications for libraries, archives, and museums. In particular, we are looking for papers that explore the future trends and long-term implications of the many different ways in which information professionals in libraries, archives, and museums have, can, and should involve their users in the co-construction of digital knowledge based on their online collections.

Sample questions include, but are certainly not limited to:

* How are libraries, archives, and museums implementing user- contributed data / descriptions of artifacts, objects, or collections on their websites? What are the long-term implications of involving users in the co-description, co-cataloguing of digital knowledge?

* How are libraries, archives, and museums encouraging users to create online collections of personal favorites or similar items on their websites? What are the long-term implications of involving users in the co-creation, co-curation of digital knowledge?

* How are libraries, archives, and museums encouraging users to create / structure their own online environments, designing personalized websites or portals specifically suited to individual needs? What are the implications of involving users in the design and structuring of online interfaces for the development and presentation of digital knowledge?

* How is the education of library, archives, and museum practitioners (and in particular the increase in online and hybrid learning technologies) influencing the ways practitioners subsequently incorporate technology into their user service environments in libraries, archives, and museums?


* Optional Abstract: December 1, 2009 (see below)

* Submission Deadline: March 1, 2010

* Review Decisions: May 15, 2010 (all submissions will be peer-reviewed)

* Final Versions Due: July 15, 2010

* Publication: Early 2011


All submissions should be emailed directly to Paul Marty at or Michelle Kazmer at

For formatting instructions, please see the Library Trends Author Guidelines available here:

If you wish, you may submit an optional abstract (by email to Paul Marty at or Michelle Kazmer at for feedback by December 1, 2009.

If you have any questions about the special issue, please contact Paul Marty at or Michelle Kazmer at

For more information about Library Trends, please see:

A PDF version of this CFP is available at:

Paul F. Marty, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, School of Library and Information Studies College of
Communication and Information, Florida State University 240 Louis Shores
Building, Tallahassee, FL 32306-2100 |

H-Net Network for Museums and Museum Studies

Publications/CFP: Memory in the Maritime Museum (special issue)


Memory in the Maritime Museum: Objects, Narratives, Identities

Editors: Helen Beneki, Dr James P. Delgado and Dr Anastasia Filippoupoliti

We invite papers for a special double issue of the International Journal of Heritage Studies, which will explore the following themes related to maritime museums:

• the representation of maritime past in exhibitions;

• the relationship of the preservation of maritime heritage to the local community;

• the re-invention of past (national, regional, local) identities in today's communities through maritime exhibition narratives;


• the role of maritime activity in creating ethnically and culturally diverse populations in seaports (local communities).

Manpower, tacit knowledge and related material culture traveled across societies, networking humans and ideas. Thus, maritime collections are inscribed with meanings that are embedded in historical circumstances and, consequently, should be treated as having numerous layers upon them, each one with a different interpretation. But what can these collections tell us about the stories of past seafarers and their communities? Are collections and exhibitions of geographically-spread maritime cultures able to support the understanding of challenging concepts, such as that of insularity, or the concept of seafaring and maritime activities in regard to building or modelling a more diverse community? Also, of interest is the impact of maritime activity on international linkages, both economic and cultural. Could maritime collections reveal issues of how sea was perceived by past and contemporary societies?

With this call for papers we welcome a range of submissions on the following themes:

• Theoretical (and interdisciplinary) perspectives regarding the preservation and reconstruction of maritime heritage

• Constructing and representing identities of maritime communities

• Memory in the maritime museum

• Planning exhibitions of maritime history: problems and opportunities

• Case studies on the interpretation of maritime past

• Maritime archaeology in maritime museums

• Maritime collections/exhibitions and communities

• Learning activities and the maritime collection: interpretation issues

• Maritime collections/exhibitions and school groups

• Using maritime collections in research

Please submit an abstract (max 350 words) by 27 November 2009 to the guest editors:

Helen Beneki
Maritime historian
Head of Research & Communication Department
Piraeus Bank Group Cultural Foundation
Athens, Greece

Dr James P. Delgado, Ph.D.
President and CEO
Institute of Nautical Archaeology
Texas A&M University, USA

Dr Anastasia Filippoupoliti
Democritus University of Thrace, Greece

The Editor, Laurajane Smith

H-Net Network for Museums and Museum Studies

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

In response to the BBC News Magazine's article on why the UK still drives on the left, Steve from Suffolk has this to say:
As in so many things, Britain remains a floating heritage museum of the absurd, forever trapped in a pre-industrial era of quaint practices and bizarre traditions.


[I think that's what draws the tourists in! It did me...]

Monday, September 07, 2009

Reflections on writing-up #17

Banner by Hazel Meyer, student at Ontario College of Art & Design.

[Via Craft.]

Friday, September 04, 2009

Serena's photos of the new building...and the various people housed within

The NEW School of Museum Studies

We haz crates upon crates upon crates (but not much longer).

We haz comfy'guerkin-coloured' chairs in waiting areas

We haz a tea room...

...with co-ordinating mugs.

We haz Dyson Airblade hand-dryers in the loos.

We haz a light feature.

We haz a lift that plays U2's 'With or Without You'.

We haz a reminder of the old Education Library (gorgeous flame veneer).

We haz a view.

We haz coat hooks.

We haz a work.

We haz an identity.

We haz a BIG happy!

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Hot off the Press..., I present to you all, our dear readers, The Attic's spanking new Spotify playlist!!

See here and here for background.

A disclaimer: not all the suggestions are available on Spotify - sorry. :( Further suggestions much appreciated!

Museum Music, Part II

In my previous post on the topic of songs that mention museums, I lamented the dearth of the aforementioned, but I spoke too soon. A closer listen to some songs in my iTunes library revealed these gems:
1. Belle & Sebastian, "Funny Little Frog", 2006
You're my fashion tip, a living museum,
I'd pay to visit you on rainy Sundays,
And maybe tell you all about it, someday.
I'm still not sure what this song is all about, but I like the mention of fashion and museums in a single line, so it's more or less the theme song to my thesis.

2. Cole Porter (performed by many people including, according to Wikipedia, Dame Diana Rigg), "You're The Top", 1934
You're the top!
You're the Coliseum.
You're the top!
You're the Louvre Museum.
You're the Tower of Pisa,
You're the smile on the Mona Lisa
You're the National Gallery
You're Garbo's salary,
You're cellophane.
You're an O'Neill drama,
You're Whistler's mama!

Apart from containing a bad "yo mama" joke, this is a roll call of both high and low culture of the period.

3. George and Ira Gershwin (first performed by Fred Astaire), "A Foggy Day", 1937
A foggy day,
In London town,
It had me low,
And it had me down
I viewed the morning,
With much alarm,
The British museum,
Had lost its charm...

Ah yes, cursed be the day when the BM loses its charm, I tell ya... But the song is about love and museums, so it should be right up Amy's alley! :-)

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

New address

Exciting times!


As you may know, the School of Museum Studies is moving to a new building.
From 1st of September our new address is:

School of Museum Studies
University of Leicester
Museum Studies Building
19 University Road
Leicester LE1 7RF

All other details will remain the same. You can find details about this on our website, including some pictures of the buildings that we have been in previously and also the refurbishment of our new building.

As you can imagine, we are all very excited about the move and look forward to welcoming you to the new building.

Best wishes,
Richard Sandell
Head of Department