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.

Friday, February 26, 2010

CFP: Cultural Policy

Cultural Trends, the journal that champions the need for better evidence-based analyses of the cultural sector, is looking for reviews for the 'grey literature' Policy Review Notes section.
These short (c.2500 words) Policy Review Notes' focus should be in the spirit of the longer Cultural Trends’ papers, concentrating on the data, methodologies and development of the evidence base for the policy document(s) or programme being considered. Policy Review Notes are not expected to be exhaustive, however - but may be a first stage or interim commentary on the way in which empirical evidence is being used to support management of a policy programme or evidence-based data collection for policy development.

We would be pleased to receive reviews of the material listed below. For further information, and to volunteer to review items listed below, or any other grey literature of relevance for the Cultural Trends' aims, please contact:
Ian Baxter, Cultural Trends Policy Review Notes Editor, Glasgow Caledonian University.
Cultural Trends website:
The website contains guidance for authors.

Items for review:

People and culture in Scotland, 2008 - The Scottish Government, November 2009:

CCSKills - Blueprint for Scotland:

Finland Ministry of Education - Strategy for Cultural Policy

Australian National Arts & Disability Strategy

Scottish Arts Council Quality Framework

M&G Scotland - museum role in communities

Heritage Science Strategy

US Thinkpiece - Art & the public purpose

UNESCO World Report: Investing in Cultural Diversity and Intercultural Dialogue

Art-Goers in their Communities: patterns of civic and social engagement - National Endowment for the Arts, October 2009, USA

French cultural practices in the digital age: exclusive survey - Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication, France October 2009

Major report on independence of government arts funding: The Independence of Government Arts Funding: A Review (Christopher Madden)

Social Impact of HLF projects

Americans for the Arts: Arts & Economic Prosperity III


Dr Ian Baxter
Deputy Director of Postgraduate Programmes
Caledonian Business School | Glasgow Caledonian University, Scotland, UK
* Editor - Cultural Trends Policy Review Notes
* Editor - UK Heritage Research Group e-update
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