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.
Thursday, August 16, 2007
Amy's soap-box: Daytime auction programmes
Am I the only person who finds programmes like 'Cash in the Attic' and 'Flog It' ever so slightly disturbing? To be specific those people who sell off their family heirlooms, and say things like, 'Oh well, I'll be sad to see it go, but my daughter needs her driving lessons.' I find that terribly sad, that people are willing to sell objects passed down from generation to generation (and which, as a result, must have acquired some sense of meaning) for short-term monetary gain.