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, November 11, 2009

Significant Objects

Bearing in mind the really interesting discussions that were had in the Think Tank this evening (thanks to Jen and Julia and all the students, Masters and PhD, who took part) I thought that this might be of interest to you all.

1 comment:

Amy said...

Ah - you pipped me to the post! I was midway writing a post about the 'Significant Objects' projects - here are/were my initial thoughts:

What makes an object significant?

Its looks, or its back-story?

All this has implications for how objects are interpreted in museums and galleries. How do we make a object meaningful for audiences, how do we engage their attention? We learn aesthetic appreciation, but social connection is inherent and instinctive. Significant Objects suggests that spurious or genuine, it is this human aspect that most appeals.