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, January 31, 2010

Publication: Museums - Inclusion - Engagement

Contributions are invited to our forthcoming publication: Museums | Inclusion | Engagement.

In December, we held a very well-received conference in London on this theme and the papers from this event will be included in this publication. We are now inviting additional contributions to this title from international museum professionals and others with an interest in this field.

We particularly welcome contributions on the following topics (but are not limited to these):
• case studies of successful or innovative initiatives in this field; • how to obtain sustainable, ongoing funding to support long-term programmes which make a difference; • how to evaluate the short- and long-term impact of projects; • how to reaching the most excluded groups or individuals; • how to prioritise work among the various communities; • how to use new community-based communication media; • how to build the right organisational structure to deliver effective programmes; • what can be learnt from the experience of other sectors working in these fields.

Among the authors currently contributing to the publication are:
• Lucie Fitton (Museum of London)
• Eithne Nightingale (V&A)
• Alison Lightbown (Geffrye Museum)
• Mark Miller (Tate Britain)
• Laura Phillips (British Museum)
• Emma Poulter (British Museum)
• Liz Puddick (London Transport Museum)
• Gurdeep Thiara (Manchester Museum)

Contributions to this publication, in the form of essays of between 3,000 and 5,000 words, are invited. If you would like to contribute, please email me - as soon as possible - with an indication of your interest, your proposed subject, and a brief biography. The copy date for the final submission of essays is 26 February 2010.

I look forward very much to hearing from you.

Graeme Farnell

PS Please feel free to forward this email to colleagues whom you feel may be interested in contributing - thanks!

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