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, February 24, 2010

Free pays off

According to the BBC, free national museums and major national venues saw visitor numbers boosted last year in the wake of the recession. I'm a little more hesitant to ascribe this totally to the economic crisis, and more to a combination of this and good programming. For example, the Tower of London is really expensive, but I suspect the huge numbers boost is more to do with their Henry VIII exhibit.


Elee said...

It's possible that the good programming could be a result of museums fighting like hell to stay afloat at a time when culture is so threatened by the recession.

Earlier this year I noticed a huge billboard in Leeds station advertising the fact that national museums in London are free - at the time I thought that they were making damn sure people saw their value and didn't take them for granted.

Jennie said...

I think it's interesting that people still don't realise museums are free, or that they have some FANTASTIC family stuff going on. I am constantly met with pleasantly surprised faces when I talk about the wealth of free events, workshops, exhibitions open to everyone.