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.

Saturday, December 01, 2007

Review of the Creationist Museum

And very serendipitously leading on from Ceri's review of Dave Unwin's research seminar, here's a link to a wickedly satirical, but spot-on review of the much-derided Creationist Museum. Make sure you take the time to look at all the photos. Absolutely hilarious. The one entitled 'A Penguin, a Toucan, a Lamb and Adam Walk Into a Bar...' is priceless. ;)

(Via The Peking Duck.)

N.B. If you think you might be offended by the tone of the review, I suggest you don't click on the link.

6 comments:

Jeanette said...

Thanks for that Amy - brilliant stuff! Think my favourite was Adam being responsible for the weeds. Mind you, guess we should be glad they weren't blaming Eve again...

Ceri said...

I think I like the sound of this place.... if only to reinforce why museums can be dangerous places because we invest so much trust in their version of events. There is hope yet for my 'pot' theory of evolution....

Amy said...

Okay, let's hear *your* theory then! ;)

Ceri said...

Basically the pot theory of evolution is that the pot was the foundation of consumer society rather than a money economy. By inventing the pot, people then had to invent things to go in the pot (there is some disagreement here because the thing to go in the pot could have been invented first which then necessitated the pot to put it in... still with me? Good) and this became increasingly elaborate as people sought to outdo each others pots. Most civilisations have a pot of some sort even if made of different materials and so it can be seen as a commonality to human beings everywhere, the need to invent receptacles to put things in. I was inspired to develop this theory after a day at the British Museum lost in all their pots and that seminal text, Winnie the Pooh where Pooh bear gives Eeyore a pot to keep his balloon in.

Amy said...

Well, that sounds like as good a theory as any! You know what fascinates me? How these technological developments were made in the first place. I mean, was it by experiment or happy accident that someone discovered they could make a pot out of mud?

Ceri said...

I think it was copied from nature, for instance fruit can be seen as a vessel to keep seeds in, the sea as a place to keep fish in... you get my drift. Then came experimentation with different methods, possibly someone got mud on their feet and it dried and they wondered if larger amounts of mud might prove useful. Human curiosity and intuition mostly I think, although why this is different to other species is a moot point. I don't think I can even think about that without my head aching!