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 23, 2007

Fear the Olympics will lead to massive cuts

As I mentioned in a previous post, there is anger that the Olympics will lead to the siphoning off of funding for museums, galleries and other cultural institutions. Already the Arts Council and Heritage Lottery will face dramatic cuts. It seems that the Government is preventing any kind of debate on the proposed cuts, see this article in the Guardian today about the cultural sector's response.,,2063338,00.html

1 comment:

Amy said...

I'm a bit torn on this issue. On one hand it seems very unfair and very short-sighted for the Government to re-focus funding at the expense of the arts and culture. On the other, I'm very pro the Olympics (being a near-obsessive armchair sportswoman) and what it stands for. The Games will inevitably bring a lot of extra visitors to London, who - I am sure - will spend time and money at London museums, exhibitions and galleries. But that potential additional revenue is still five years away and not, by any means, guaranteed. It's altogether a really difficult issue. And what the solution is? I really don't know.