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, May 21, 2007

STOP PRESS: Cutty Sark destroyed by fire

The Cutty Sark - 'world's last tea clipper', and significant landmark on the London Marathon route - has, this morning, been devastated by fire. A report on BBC Breakfast News just a few moments ago has confirmed that around 50% of the ship, plus the artefacts previously on show, had all been removed for the restoration project, but 80% of what was left has been destroyed. The Cutty Sark Trust are confident that they will be able to restore the ship. The fire is thought to have been started deliberately.

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