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.

Sunday, July 06, 2008

Damned if you do, and damned if you don't

Why is 'popular' frequently bandied around as a term of abuse? In an article for the Guardian, Tristam Hunt (an Attic favourite!) considers this in relation to the recent news that the British Museum has surpassed such attractions as Madame Tussauds and Alton Towers as Britain's most popular destination.

How one cultural vision has lessons for the whole world

He credits Neil McGregor with turning the BM from

a once notoriously fusty, unwelcoming, bitchily academic institution into a
cultural powerhouse

- 'bitchily academic' is what I aspire to! Anyway back to the subject in hand. The article makes for an interesting read, and - for once - so do the readers' comments Not only does Leicester's own New Walk Museum get a mention (yay!), a couple of museologists have clearly been moved to comment. In particular,I agree with the comment about neutrality...

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