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, February 21, 2007

The Vital Spark: An international conference about heritage interpretation

The Vital Spark is a major international event looking at interpretation – the art of communicating with visitors at places such as museums, nature reserves, historic buildings and national parks.

Aviemore, in the Scottish Highlands, 30 September to 3 October 2007

We are inviting proposals for presentations and workshops at this exciting event, based on the conference’s four themes:·
  • The Vital Spark: interpretation as the driver for cultural regeneration
  • Creativity and innovation: interpreting remote and fragile areas
  • Voices in interpretation: languages, cultures and communities
  • Authenticity and re-interpretation: traditional icons in the 21st century
The closing date for proposals is Friday 9 March 2007.

For more information about the conference, and to make a proposal for a presentation or a workshop, visit the website

‘Early bird’ bookings, with discounts on the conference fee, are available until the end of March.

The Vital Spark is a joint venture between Interpret Scotland, a consortium of Scottish agencies interested in interpretation, and the Association for Heritage Interpretation, the United Kingdom body representing the field. It is running as part of Highland 2007, a year-long celebration of Highland culture.

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