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, May 02, 2007

What Should Museums Display?

Dr Ross Parry sent this round via the email list in our department, I do not think he would mind if we post it up here as well...

‘What Should Museums Display?’, 31 May 2007, 7pm, National Portrait Gallery

The need for this debate arose out of consultations held while preparing the Gallery’s current exhibition ‘Between Worlds: Voyagers to Britain 1700-1850’ and in particular the inclusion of racially sensitive historical material.

It offers museum professionals and students the chance to discuss the matter while also being an opportunity for the public to contribute to this important area of the life of museums and galleries.

The debate will be chaired by NPG Director, Sandy Nairne, and the panel includes Oku Ekpenyon; Ratan Vashwani from the Museums Association (one of the formulators of their ethics guidelines for curators); John McAleer Curator of Imperial and 18th-Century History at the National Maritime Museum (and the curator preparing the NMM’s new Atlantic Gallery) and Claude Ardouin, Head of the Africa Section of the Ethnography Department of the British Museum.

The audience will include the curators of the exhibition and guests from other museums in the UK.

Contact the National Portrait Gallery for more information.

Andrea Easey
Interpretation Editor
National Portrait Gallery St Martin's Place London WC2H OHE

Direct T 020 7312 2480 F 020 7306 0056
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