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.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Maintenance: the Curse of the Museum

Perhaps I'm just bitter because the electricians haven't yet come to fix the faulty fire alarm light that has been beeping continuously since this morning, but this story made me laugh: Drunk Worker Starts Fire in Museum. It's so classic - drunken Russian nearly torches one of the bastions of his own culture by accident... Ah, my people!


Ceri said...

Sadly I couldn't see the article J but it sounds hilarious... I have to say that I have never been drunk in a museum, I expect it would be a surreal experience. Hmm perhaps that is an idea... (a joke in case my Dad is reading this)

Amy said...

Here's the text:
MOSCOW (Reuters) - A drunk electrician started a fire at a world-famous Moscow art museum after he fell asleep while smoking a cigarette, a police source told RIA news agency Sunday.

The blaze at Moscow's Tretyakov Gallery started in an engineering building next to the main gallery Saturday and damaged technical equipment but not any of the museum's valuable art works.

A police source told RIA that a 49-year-old workman had caused the fire, but a spokeswoman for the Moscow museum said it was too early to say what started the blaze.

"According to preliminary reports, the man fell asleep with a lit cigarette when he was drunk," RIA quoted the source as saying.

"He is now in a hospital intensive care unit and it is not yet possible to take a testimony on the accident."

The gallery houses some of the best-known Russian art, from 9th century Orthodox icons to 19th century impressionism and portraits of famous Russian writers.

One of its most famous paintings, by the 19th century painter Ilya Repin, depicts a tortured Ivan the Terrible after he killed his son in a violent rage.

(Writing by James Kilner; Editing by Sophie Hares)

Ceri said...

cheers for that! I was interested to see that they have the painting of Ivan the Terrible that I have always wanted to see... small world!!

J said...

Well, you better hurry, Ceri, because there are dozens of electricians like that one out on the streets of Moscow, and it's only a matter of time before they fall asleep drunk in a gallery!!! ;-)