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.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Object Retrieval: The ultimate interdisciplinary research project

...what happens when you bring together minds from such diverse specialisations and focus them on the same item?

- asks the Londonist.

Found while searching online for something else is this fascinating participatory art project organised by Joshua Sofaer. Visitors (passers-by) are encouraged - along with specialists from across the arts and sciences - to contribute to the interpretation of a single object from the UCL collections; to map its biography and unlock its hidden meanings.

Worth checking out methinks should you find yourself in or around Gower Street over the next few days.

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