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.

Saturday, April 21, 2007

Lecture: Slaves to the Past

From H-Museum:

Tate Britain, London
May 21, 2007, 6.30 pm

Part of Museums and Galleries Month

March 2007 marks the 200th anniversary of the abolition of the slave trade in the British Empire. Is this cause for celebration, or should we instead reflect on the evil of slavery itself? Many museums, galleries and heritage organisations are taking the opportunity to explore the legacy of the slave trade, and their own role in it as institutions implicated in the politics of Empire. How should they approach this? Should museums make restitution for collections built on slavery, for example? Or are there problems with the current preoccupation with documenting and commemorating slavery? Does the focus on man's inhumanity to man obscure the more inspiring lessons of history? Are museums and heritage organisations neglecting their responsibility to document the past objectively, by engaging in 'the politics of apology'?

- Josie Appleton: convenor, Manifesto Club, and freelance journalist
- Maurice Davies: Deputy Director, Museums Association
- David Miles: English Heritage and author of The Tribes of Britain

- Dr Mike Phillips OBE: novelist, historian, curator and Cross Cultural Consultant - Tate

Chair: Tiffany Jenkins: Arts and Society Director, Institute of Ideas

Tickets are free but must be reserved.
Please email with your name and affiliation.

Visit the Museums and Galleries Month website for more events:

Tiffany Jenkins
Tel: 07983640133

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