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.

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Conference Alert: 'Questions and Access': Research and Practice

From H-Museum:

'Questions of Access': Research and Practice
The International Centre for Cultural and Heritage Studies, Newcastle University
Tuesday 16th and Wednesday 17th January 2006

This two-day seminar will bring together academics and professionals from a range of disciplines to share and debate current research and cultural sector practice both within the UK and abroad. The aim is to revisit some of the fundamental assumptions and tenets of access, to compare the views,approaches, and experiences of those working in policy, practice, and research, and to consider future directions. This seminar is funded by theESRC and is the first of three UK seminars on the topic of heritage and access.

For more information please visit:

Confirmed speakers:

John H. Falk
President of the Institute of Informal Learning, USA

Lynn D. Dierking
Associate Director of the Institute of Informal Learning, USA

Kirsten Holmes
University of Surrey

Andrew Newman
Newcastle University

Sara Selwood
City University, London

Alix Slater
University of Greenwich

Laurajane Smith
University of York

Paul Smyth
Public Achievement, Northern Ireland

Chris Whitehead
Newcastle University

This seminar is free to attend but numbers will be limited so book your place NOW:

Funding is available for 12 postgraduates/early career researchers. If you wish to be considered for this funding, please contact Catherine Todd with a brief indication of your current research and institution information.


Dr Rhiannon Mason
International Centre for Cultural and Heritage Studies
School of Arts and Cultures
Newcastle University
Bruce Building
Direct Dial: + 44(0)191-222-5579
Main Office: + 44(0)191-222-7419
Fax: + 44(0)191-222-5564

Catherine Todd
Conference Assistant
International Centre for Cultural and Heritage Studies
Newcastle University of Arts and Cultures
Bruce Building
Direct Dial: + 44(0)191-222-3995
Main Office Fax: + 44(0)191-222-5564

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