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, August 24, 2008

Hidden Masterpieces

The Observer ran a report last weekend about 'the hidden gems to discover off the beaten track.' While the commentary reveals the London-centric attitude of the national media (Blimey! Check out that Velazquez at the dingy parochial country pile! Who'd have thunk it?), it does help to emphasise the rich diversity of museum and gallery collections up and down the country. You can read about The Observer's selection here, but there must be many more. My vote would go to the Constables and Gainsboroughs at Christchurch Mansion in Ipswich, and the Attenborough collection of Picasso ceramics at New Walk Museum, Leicester. Where are your hidden masterpieces?

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