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.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Conference Alert: Technology in Museums

From H-Museum:

National Academy Museum, 89th Street at 5th Avenue, New York City
19 October 2007

Keynote Speaker: Phil Reed, Director of the Churchill Museum and Cabinet War Rooms, London

This essential day for museum and heritage professionals will bring together some of Europe's and North America's experts in using technology in all its forms. Speakers will show how to get the delicate balance right between technology and a curator's vision, to drive new audiences and build awareness of important but hard-to-reach collections, to show how museum professionals and their visitors can work together to generate content, all this while increasing productivity and bottom-line profits.

New York City's National Academy Museum, in Museum Mile in Manhattan will be
our base, and each day-long seminar will include eight speakers, lunch,
afternoon tea, and a wine reception. To further extend your opportunity for
networking, the final session of the afternoon will be a "surgery" where
each speaker will be available at a separate table to consult with delegates
about their own particular challenges and opportunities -- another chance to
get real, hands-on advice that you can take back to your own institutions.


Phil Reed
Director, Churchill Museum and Cabinet War Rooms, London

Douglas Hegley
Deputy Chief Technology Officer, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Dave Patten
Head of New Media, Science Museum, London

Bill Haley
Founder and Director, Haley Sharpe Design Ltd, UK and North America

Nancy Proctor
Head of New Product Development, Antenna Audio

Bill Mori,
CEO, Arius 3D

Phillip Tiongson
Partner, Potion Design

The day long conference costs $395, with a discount of $100 for each
colleague who attends from the same institution. On the previous day, we
are holding a seminar on "Marketing in Museums: Building the Brand and
Extending Audience Reach." Delegates who register for both conferences can
do so for a fee of $495 for the two days.

To book, go to or email
Deadline: 12/10/07

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