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.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

What are the functions of museums?

Readers of New Curator will know that Pete recently asked people to contribute their definitions of the function of museums. The result was a 'cloud' of key words. Among them:

provide
present
educate
inspire
make
people
preservation


objects
access
interpretation
knowledge
history


- didn't feature nearly so prominently as one would imagine. Well worth a more detailed analysis than I can do it justice.

And, should that sort of thing float your boat, you can purchase merchandise featuring the word cloud. What better way to display your inner museum geek to the rest of the world?!

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