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.

Monday, April 02, 2007

Collections get a boost from Renaissance funds

Press release from the MLA:

Foresters, textile specialists, film buffs and cartoon experts are all set to benefit as the Museums Libraries and Archives (MLA) Council’s Renaissance programme today announces the names of 14 Subject Specialist Networks (SSNs) that will receive funding in a new round of grants.
Over £250,000 has been awarded to the networks for projects running until March 2008. A total of over £500,000 has now been invested by the Renaissance programme into SSNs.

SSNs are a way for the cultural sector to share knowledge, expertise and collections. Stephanie Lewis, Renaissance programme manager, is keen for the networks to bring about partnership working. “Bringing together the museums community with expertise and support from archives and libraries is a key element of many of the networks we are funding and something we hope all networks will move towards,” she said.

Groups recieving funding include The Fraternal and Friendly Societies and Associations network, The Social History Curators Group, Archives in Museums, the British Aviation Preservation Council, the British Cartoon Forum, the Dress and Textiles Specialists (DATS), Fire Heritage Network UK, Medical and Healthcare, the Rural Museums Network, Plastics, Screen Heritage, The Association of Curators for Collections from Egypt and Sudan (ACCES), Theatre Information Group, and Understanding British Portraiture.

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