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.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Last Chance!

Collections, collaboration & communities
The 2014 annual conference of the Museum Ethnographers Group
Monday 7 and Tuesday 8 April 2014University of Aberdeen

Network with international peers and get inspired at the 2014 annual conference of the Museum Ethnographers Group.

Museums now embrace opportunities to work with a range of communities and to develop a variety of partnerships. Recent research has also re-conceptualised the relationships between objects and between objects and people. This conference will explore how museum collections can inspire and benefit from a range of collaborations, and the opportunities brought by different disciplinary perspectives.

Panel discussions will explore issues around Collections and source communities; Museums as collaborating communities and Participative re-interpretation of collections.

For more information and booking, and to see the conference programme:

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Dear Followers: Do you work in a UK museum?

Are you interesting in very experienced voluntary help this summer? 

Check out this great opportunity The Wandering Museum Consultant.

Please see the inset below for more information:

What is the Wandering Museum Consultant?
Short Answer: A crazy idea.
Proper Answer: An experienced museum professional wandering around the world, and spending time at a variety of museums offering my services as a volunteer consultant. Throughout, I will be blogging about each museum, the region/country and the project itself.
The purpose of the Wandering Museum Consultant is two-fold:
1) The museums will benefit from:
  • Extra help from an experienced museum professional
  • Exposure to non traditional markets through my blog
2) I will benefit:
  • Experience in different types of museums and in different countries
  • Develop a network (perhaps connect those I work with with each other as well)
  • Meaningful travel
I have seven years experience working in museums, primarily in Canada, but also in the UK. I have had the opportunity to work in small museums, where I have been able to develop skills in many different areas, including education programming and delivery, collections management and research, exhibition research and design, volunteer management and museum governance. In October 2012 I was honoured with an Ontario Museum Association’ Promising Leadership Award of Excellence for my body of work. Please check out my C.V. for more on my experience and accomplishments.
Currently, I am putting together an initial short term Wandering Museum Consultant program for this summer (a bit of a trial run). I will be spending the summer in Europe, and I am looking for 3 more 2 week placements in the UK or Europe. I am doing these placements on a volunteer basis, however, I greatly appreciate a donation of housing where I go (this does not need to be private accommodation, I am perfectly happy to be in spare rooms, etc.).
June 3 – 13: Vindolanda Charitable Trust, UK
June 16 – 27: ?
July 7 – 18: ?
July 21 – August 1: ?
If you are interested in hosting me at your museum, please contact me at