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, April 06, 2009

Museums and galleries get recycling

In this world of credit crunches and global concern about the environment has the Tate jumped on the recycling bandwagon? Or has it just run out of ideas for new exhibitions? This is the news that the Tate is going to rebuild the first ever interactive artwork Bodyspacemotionthings which was first shown in 1971 and invited the public "to climb, balance and slide around a series of architectural and sculptural pieces." However 21st century health and safety concerns will ensure this time that there will be no splinters in bums, which apparently plagued the original exhibition as young ladies in miniskirts interacted with raw, unfinished wood. Ouch!

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