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.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

CFP: Social History Curators Group

Call for Papers
The Social History Curators Group
Annual Conference
Birmingham, 8-10 July 2010
More for Less: Big Impacts with Small Resources

Museum professionals are experts at utilising creativity, verve and imagination to overcome the potential limitations of small resources. At different times we are all likely to face the difficulties of shrinking budgets, limited funding options and overburdened resources.

This year's conference tackles these problems head on, and shows you how you can rise to the challenge and provide high quality and engaging experiences for your visitors. Topics covered will include proven strategies from previous times of economic difficulty and recent case studies that have demonstrated innovation and inspiration despite various restrictions

SHCG are pleased to invite proposals from across the museum profession, for presentations which address one or more of the core conference themes

Survival stories; how museums have coped with resource cuts and limitations
Engaging and increasing your audiences without increasing your costs
Creative ways of working with small budgets; examples relating to collections, interpretation, partnerships, learning and marketing
Minimising the environmental cost; sustainability and recycling
Developing partnerships with libraries, archives and children's centres
Digital technologies; new solutions for age-old problems

Please email proposals for presentations to Hannah Crowdy, by 1st February 2010.

Proposals for a 30 minute presentation should include a 200 word summary of the presentation, contact details and institutional affiliation (if any).

Speakers’ travel and subsistence costs can be reimbursed (travel reimbursed at standard rail fare rate) and there will be no attendance fee on the day of speaking.

The Social History Curators Group was formed to improve the status and provision of social history in museums and the standards of collections, research, display and interpretation. The group acts as a forum for sharing ideas and practical experience with others involved in social and local history in museums.

Best wishes,



Jim Roberts Hon FMA
University of Leicester
School of Museum Studies

+44 (0)116 252 3961

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