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, September 24, 2008
New marketing blog
Dimitry has written to The Attic to let us know about the new museum marketing blog he's just started. His post 'Smoking not allowed!!!' about prohibitions in museums particularly caught my eye (not least because he appears to share my thoughts on in-gallery photography!). If the general public associates museums with banned behaviour, what hope have we got?!
His post reminds me of an observation I once did in the Tsui Gallery at the Victoria and Albert Museum. Several pieces are set up in the gallery as handling objects. Despite large signs saying 'please touch,' many were reluctant to do so, perhaps allowing themselves a hastily withdrawn 'poke.' Most people are remarkably attuned to norms of behaviour and feel unable to transgress them, even when invited to do so!