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, September 17, 2007

The First Emperor: A Preview

I've been sent an online preview of the BM's new exhibition: The First Emperor. You can access it by clicking here. Oh, and if you pass it onto your mates you're entered into a draw to win a trip to China! The preview certainly creates an atmosphere and a sense of anticipation. Although the exhibition opened last week, it's unlikely I'll get to see it until demand for tickets has died down a bit. I hope it will be worth the wait!

Actually, it looks like it will. The British media has been going CRAZY for the terracotta warriers which feature in the exhibition, and BBC2 broadcast a documentary about its making the other night. Although it was a bit of a superficial introduction to Qin Shihuangdi (the aforementioned 'First Emperor'), it gave an insight into the development of a major exhibition, which was fascinating - from initial discussions about the exhibition narrative, to the engineering work required to construct the gallery space in the Reading Room, to the choice of a Chinese font for text translations.

I'm succumbing to blockbuster exhibition fever!

1 comment:

Ceri said...

I am really excited about this too, BBC History magazine did a big spread on it regarding the Dan Snow programme and then I missed it :(