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.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Are you a Museopunk?

New Curator has coined a new term to describe, well, a category that I guess most of us fall into: Museopunk. Museopunk's

...have some of the best ideas and the most energy yet they aren’t very high in the hierarchy.
The concept, such as it is - still fluid and loosely-defined - really appeals to me. What do you think?


Jenny said...

It's interesting, and, as far as I can see, quite probably highly applicable. I met a HUGE number of interesting, intelligent people on the MA course and they have had serious problems getting into or higher up in, the Museum Industry, as it were.

Because I do worry about the corporatisation of museums. They are not supposed to be like that. They are cultural expressions, cultural artefacts, determined by individual expression and perception. At least, that is how I see them. Perhaps others do not.

Vive la Museopunk!

Newcurator said...

Oh, I like you already

Jenny said...

Thank you! Likewise. :) I look forward to chatting with you some more.

Sarah H. said...

The description of a "Museopunk" sounds a lot like the kind of people you find working in small museums (by small I mean places with 1 to 10 staff members, or totally volunteer-run). Us small museum folk have always had a DIY spirit (if we didn't, nothing would get done!) and the uncanny ability to make a lot out of minimal resources. And many of us have stuck to small museums because we love the freedom, the collaboration, and the variety of experience in places where the curators not only care for the collections, but clean the toilets too!

I honestly believe that the success of many small museums lies with this attitude, and it's something the compartmentalized, departmentalized and specialist-run huge museums could learn from in these leaner times.

By the way, love the thought-provoking posts on The Attic and New Curator. Keep up the good work!