Just a quick, off-the-cuff, probably not very well thought through response to this bit of news.
My local museums service has merged, not just with that of another town, but a whole other county! Anyone heard of anything like this happening before? Before Ipswich Borough Council lost registration, the museums service was one of the best funded provincial services in the country, with its own marketing and conservation department. Just shows what a negative affect complacency at the top can have. Some are trying to put a positive spin on this move, but what will happen to 'our' local, distinct East Anglian 'voice'? Ipswich and Colchester are chalk and cheese, with entirely different histories (for a start, one's Anglo-Saxon, one's Roman) and an entirely different cultural identity.
These things really bother me!
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.