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.
Thursday, March 18, 2010
Remember Isabella Stewart Gardner, the star of our second Museum Hot or Not? The thefts that took place in her museum 20 years ago are still considered one of the greatest art heists in history, as they remain unsolved and the pieces are still missing. A great overview can be found here (also check out the BBC radio programme), and I can attest to the fact that the museum does an excellent job of interpreting the thefts of the now-missing works.