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, October 08, 2007

Conference Alert: How to Design a World-Class Museum

From H-Museum:

National Portrait Gallery, London, UK
28 November 2007

Join a remarkable group of architects, designers and leading museum professionals at the museum design conference of the year. This is your exclusive opportunity to explore what it takes to design a world-class museum. We'll be looking in-depth at some of the most exciting museum projects in the world.

But world-class doesn't always have to mean very expensive. The ideas we'll be looking at are scalable and transferable and can be used to inform and inspire the thinking behind any museum project. We'll be looking at a whole host of ideas, including the options of creating a new museum from scratch, reinventing the whole concept of a museum within an existing institution, using an old building for a new purpose and successfully redeveloping and refurbishing the museum you have.

One of the major benefits of this conference is the exciting prospect of having so many of the most respected museum designers and professionals from the UK and overseas all in one room together.

Here is just a small selection of the wide range of museums we'll be looking at: The Grand Egyptian Museum in Cairo; Museum Fur Volkerkunde in Leiden, the Netherlands; Tate Modern in London; Historic Jamestown in the United States; The New Museum of Liverpool; The Churchill Museum in London; The John Rylands Library Redevelopment in Manchester; Leeds City Museum; The National Media Museum, Bradford; Massar – The Children’s Discovery Centre in Damascus, Syria; Kelvingrove in Glasgow; and The Royal Ontario Museum in Canada.

Speakers include: Chris Pritchett – Partner, Austin-Smith:Lord Architects; Martyn Best – Director, Cultural Innovations; Phil Reed – Director, Churchill Museum; Steve Simons – Creative Director, Event Communications; Alisdair Hinshelwood – Director, Haley Sharpe Design; Frans Bevers & Lies Willers - Directors, OPERA Design, Amsterdam

Delegate fee for the one day conference is £297.

To register, go to for email
Deadline: 23/11/07

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