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, August 20, 2008

Showcasing the weird and bizarre

Photo by internets_dairy
The BBC reports that a new Ripley's Believe It Or Not! opens in London (Piccadilly Circus) today. Mark Lawson visited the 'museum'* for Radio 4's Front Show. You can listen to the audio and watch a slide show of exhibits here.

Watch out for the rather disturbing take on gallery interactives... (Hey, you can't fault them for their committment to audience participation and active learning!)

* Ripley's refer to their sites as 'museums' rather than, perhaps, the more appropriate curiosity or, dare I say it, freak show. I wonder why? For the validation and respectability the term confers? Or simply because they recognise what museum visiting is really about: curiosity and titillation?

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