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 02, 2008

RCMG Job Opportunity: RDR Research Assistant

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Position: Research Assistant
Organisation: The Research Centre for Museums and Galleries (RCMG) department of Museum Studies
Location: UK, Leicester
Closing date: 18/07/2008
Job Type: Temporary /casual until 31st December 2008
Salary: Daily rate £100

Job details

The Research Centre for Museums and Galleries (RCMG) is looking for a part time Research Assistant to work on a casual basis until the end of December 2008. You will principally be working on the Rethinking Disability Representation Project, for approximately 2-3 days a week. You will be employed on a freelance basis, but you will need to work at the RCMG offices in Leicester.

The Research Centre for Museums and Galleries (RCMG) operates within the Department of Museum Studies at the University of Leicester and carries out team based high quality, innovative and influential research in the areas of museum learning and the social agency of museums. One key characteristic of the work of RCMG is the evaluation of national, multi-project educational programmes; case studies of individual museums have also been carried out. Action research is used in some projects where practitioners work as an integral part of the research process. RCMG comprises a distinct research group within the Department of Museum Studies. Academics from within the Department of Museum Studies and other university departments participate in research and research teams have also included international members and consultants.


Rethinking Disability Representation 2006-2008 is a large scale, experimental project which has developed new approaches to the interpretation of disability and to the representation of disabled people’s lives within museums and galleries. Rethinking Disability Representation set out to challenge commonly held perceptions of impairment as limitation and to interrogate disablist attitudes, experiences and barriers, both historically and within contemporary society. Nine museums and galleries across the UK have worked with RCMG and a Think Tank of experts in the disability field (including activists, artists and cultural practitioners) as well as representatives from the museum sector, to develop exhibitions, displays and educational resources which draw on the social model of disability to frame new ways of looking at and understanding disabled peoples’ lives, histories and experiences.

Your role will be to assist the Rethinking Disability Representation research team with the following tasks:

1. To create an image data base of all 9 Rethinking Disability Representation projects and for this to be used as a model for other RCMG research projects.

2. To prepare the images for the Rethinking Disability Representation Publication by:
• Gaining permission for use of images
• Confirming credits
• Writing captions

3. To prepare the images for the Publication Re-Presenting Disability: Museums and the politics of display (Routledge) by:
• Gaining permission for use of images
• Confirming credits
• Writing captions

4. To assist in the production and publication of the Rethinking Disability Representation book including liaison with RDR team members, proof reader, designer, printers and distribution

5. To assist in the detailed administrative planning of the Rethinking Disability Representation Conference, including bookings, house keeping, accommodating access needs, co-ordinating conference material etc

6. To work on literature reviews for specific areas of the Rethinking Disability Representation research (for example, in relation to the Freak Show)

7. To work on specific elements of data analysis of Rethinking Disability Representation data visitor response cards in collaboration with the Research Associate

8. To contribute to the writing up of the Rethinking Disability Representation research report

9. Any other relevant duties relating to the Research Centre for Museum and Galleries

You will have a degree (or equivalent); you will have proven research ability and experience. You must be able to work effectively, both independently and as part of a team, and possess good communication and ICT skills.

For further details please ring 0116 252 3995. Please send a current CV and letter of application explaining how your experience is relevant to this post and your interest in the post to:

Jocelyn Dodd
Director, Research Centre for Museums and Galleries (RCMG),
Department of Museum Studies, University of Leicester,
105 Princess Road East, Leicester. LE1 7LG

t: + 44 (0)116 252 3995 e: jad25@le.ac.uk

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