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.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Fast-track curatorship?

The V&A and Science Museum are offering great opportunities to contribute to collections and future exhibitions at the moment.

The V&A is after wedding and civil partnership photographs in advance of an exhibition scheduled for 2011.  If you've ever hankered after a retro wedding dress then this is the resource for you.  Checkout these bridesmaid dresses - superb bonnets!

The Science Museum, on the other hand, needs your clocks for the refurbished Time and Measurement gallery.  They've helpfully provided some examples of what they're after.

All very interesting, especially in light of New Curator's recent post about 'The Death of the Curator'.  Do we need to fear the democratisation of the museum?  

N.B.  I found out about both of these ventures via Twitter.  Several museums and associated organisations are quite active tweeters.  I intend to do a round-up in a later post.

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