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, October 25, 2007
The Museum of Broken Relationships
The Museum of Broken Relationships is a travelling exhibition which originated in Croatia, but has recently opened in Berlin, and is, according to the BBC, causing quite a stir. I love the idea of a truly democratic exhibition like this. Ordinary objects, with extraordinary stories and strong emotions attached to them, donated by the public, to document the myriad of feelings which accompany the break up of a relationship - something we can all (except perhaps the very lucky, or very lonely) amongst us can empathise with. What a fantastic way of dealing with those objects which have become, or represent, something personally significant, but which we cannot bear to live with for the constant reminders of that lost love or torturous breakup they engender. I know I would have plenty of stuff to donate!