Here's just the sort of article that lays bear all my hypocrisies!
On the one hand I am an passionate advocate of enabling multivocal interpretations of objects and exhibitions...until the thorny question of religion and, in particular, fundamentalist religion rears its (ugly) head. At the very least it makes me intensely uneasy (even if the tours described in the article are raising significant sums of money for the museum). The whole venture is certainly discordant with the Enlightenment values the museum symbolises, as the journalist notes.
With one hand I wish to destroy the modernist museum and everything it stands for. And with the other I jealously seek to preserve it. I'm a mess of contradictions!
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.