Dear Attic readers:
Today we will be starting a new feature here at The Attic, entitled "Historical Hot or Not"; the aim is aesthetic appreciation of museum founders or collectors from history. Individuals will be nominated for your approval, and we hope to err... stimulate... some discussion. We were inspired to do this after viewing the following:
This is Sir Henry Wellcome (1853-1936), founder of the Wellcome Trust and famed collector of medical paraphenalia, some of which now forms the Wellcome Museum in London. So: hot or not? I say, totally hot; on a scale of 1-10, definitely a 10. What say you?
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.