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.

Friday, November 23, 2007

Workshop: Museum Design Study Day

From H-Museum:

Museum Design Study Day
London, 29 November 2007

The Museum Design Study Day provides a privileged first-hand insight into some of the most exciting and innovative museum projects currently underway throughout the world. And the opportunity to discuss them in depth with their designers.


Numbers are limited to just 24. Join professionals from institutions like the National Gallery, Scottish National Portrait Gallery, National Museum Wales, MCC Museum, Dulwich Picture Gallery and Brighton's Royal Pavilion in an intensive and highly participative Study Day, led by the principals of three leading international design consultancies, who between them are currently working on some of the most exciting museum design projects in the world!

The three design studios who will be your hosts for the day are:

Metaphor
Lead exhibition designers for one of the world's biggest museum projects, the Grand Egyptian Museum in Cairo, Metaphor are designers and masterplanners for museum projects worldwide. They are currently creating 40 new gallery displays for Oxford's Ashmolean Museum, and have just completed the acclaimed First Emperor special exhibition at the British Museum. The session will be led by Metaphor's Design Director, Stephen Greenberg. http://www.metaphor.eu/

CassonMann
Designers of innovative galleries - from the British Galleries at the V&A, the new Time Galleries at the Royal Observatory, to New York's Museum of Sex - CassonMann also created the multi-award-winning Churchill Museum, packed with cutting-edge technology. Their recent special exhibition work includes Camouflage at the Imperial War Museum and Between Past and Future at the V&A. The session will be led by Dinah Casson. http://www.cassonmann.co.uk/

Event Communications
One of the longest-established of the UK's design practices, Event have worked on over 120 major projects, throughout the world. Current work includes Glasgow's Museum of the River (with architect Zaha Hadid), following on from the successful completion of the New Century Project at Kelvingrove. The session will be led by co-founder and Research Director Cel Phelan. http://www.eventcomm.com/

The Format
Each session will last approx 2 hours and be informal in style, to maximise discussion and interaction. You'll hear in-depth about the work and the approach of each practice, discuss work-in-progress, view visuals of current and forthcoming projects, explore models of the latest projects, and meet and talk with a range of members of the design teams from each studio. With a maximum of 24 participants, you'll be able to pinpoint in advance any issues and topics you'd particularly like to have covered or discussed, so that the day's experience can be planned to meet your individual needs.

Who should attend? Professionals with any responsibility for the planning, mangement and implementation of exhibitions, interpretation and design; professionals involved in planning new or revised museums or galleries; professional designers and interpreters working within museums.

Fee: only £247 each, including mini-bus transport between studios, lunch, refreshments, and resource materials.

Early reservation is recommended as numbers are limited to 24.


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Graeme Farnell
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