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, March 24, 2010

Creating engaging exhibitions

The past ten years have seen great innovations in the ways that museums and galleries display their collections to the public, which is creating a new set of expectations. How should museums and galleries embrace these? This conference looks at the benefits of working with audiences and of letting non-curatorial staff interpret and display museum collections. One case study will examine how last year’s Banksy vs Bristol Museum generated huge positive publicity and unprecedented audience numbers. It also looks at re-imagining displays with three criteria in mind: cost-effectiveness, sustainability and flexibility. For curators, exhibition organisers and anyone involved in creating displays and exhibitions. Taking place 23 April 2010 at the Royal College of Surgeons, London. For more information click here

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