This week's Brown Bag comes from Wendy Earle at the British Film Institute,
Museums, technology and cultural policy in the 21st century
Culture Online was a unique government funded project with a transformative vision to use online digital technologies to make the assets of publicly funded cultural institutions more accessible to a wider public. Every Object Tells a Story was an innovative museum-based project to engage audiences online, initiated by the V&A and funded by Culture Online. At the heart of both projects was the commitment to using the opportunities represented by online digital technologies to engage wider audiences and encouraging audience participation in cultural activity. However, each project took a very different starting point and the contrast between them raises some interesting issues about the problems and possibilities of audience engagement in the museum and archive sector which I will explore in this presentation."
We hope you'll come along! Usual place (School of Museum Studies), usual time (1pm).
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.