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.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

First date in a museum?

Just a quick post - I heard on the radio yesterday that 9% of women said that a museum was the ideal place for a first date. What do people think about that? I'm not sure it would be my first choice to be honest!

9 comments:

Amy said...

Hmmm, well, it would have its advantages, i.e. public place, plenty of conversation prompts, nice caff, etc.

Jeanette said...

You'd also find out whether the date was a culture junkie or a philistine. I've also used it as the ultimate in revenge - I left an ex boyfriend, who turned up drunk from the night before, in the Mark Rothko room at the Tate while I took a very extended trip to the loo. He looked pretty desperate by the time I finally rescued him...

Anna said...

That's a good one Jeanette, it could be a good place to dump someone as well!

Amy said...

Ooooo - fancy causing a scene in a museum. Fabulous! Especially if it meant being frog-marched from the premises by a gallery attendant. And getting slapped with a life ban. Now that *would* be a claim to fame. ;)

But, personally, I'm more interested in whether museums and galleries are good places to pull? I mean, in all my years of museum-going I haven't yet, but perhaps I haven't been visiting the right institutions? For example, a single, fairly good-looking man (tall, dark, own teeth, good shoes, etc) in his early thirties would be well in with me if I found him looking interested in the Soviet propaganda gallery at Tate Modern. Hint. And, of course, I am quite the catch! ;) (I *must* be getting desperate, using the blog as an online dating service!)

Kostas said...

I think it's wonderful. I mean, relating museums/galleries to particular memories and experiences that are not necessarily museum-related.

I was watching an interview of Meryl Streep about the MAMMA MIA! movie and she was asked which movie she remembers/likes most. She said that she relates the making of the movies she's been in with events/incidents in her family.

So, in a similar way, relating a museum visit to other aspects of one's social life (meeting/breaking with partners) can make a museum visit much more memorable. I say, we need a list of museums/galleries good for first date, breaking up, proposing, etc with an age-range as well. :-)

Brenda J. Caro Cocotle said...

I think depends of the person: if the guy is a hipster, it will be a good place, just to know his snob level (I'm mischevious today!)

Amy said...

I did propose a little experiment yesterday to find out how good museums were for picking up eligible men, but Ceri poo-pooed it. She's already engaged in an experiment of her own, which involves being really miserable all the time. :P

Katharine Edgar said...

My husband and I had our first date in a museum, though I'm not sure I should say which one. It has all the advantages listed above, and also that you can form an assessment of their character based on how the approach the interactives (self-conscious? competitive? etc).

On picking up men in museums - surely you need to go about this systematically, using all the museological resources at your disposal. First of all you need to check out the visitor profile and make sure it conforms to the sort of person you want to attract. For instance, there's no point in hanging around in the costume galleries of the V&A, where the visitors are probably mostly female or gay - Bovington Tank Museum would have a higher number of men among its visitors. You will also need to consider earning capacity - what is the average income of the visitors? Jane Austen would not have ignored this point. Finally, you need to read papers on visitor orientation and circulation and work out where would be a good place to stand. I'm not making it sound very much fun, am I?

Amy said...

No, not exactly 'fun' Katharine, but certainly a challenge. Ceri and I were discussing this yesterday afternoon. We decided that as we're both currently after a man with a Lamborghini and helicopter (guess what film we'd just seen!) the best places to hang out would probably be commercial galleries and art fairs. ;)