While not a museum founder per se, it was Prince Albert who was the visionary force behind the Great Exhibition, and who saw fit to preserve some of its displays in The Museum of Manufactures. This museum would later become the Museum of Ornamental Art, then the South Kensignton Museum, and is now best known to us as the Victoria and Albert Museum. (To me, it is the Happiest Place on Earth.) So given that, what do we think of the studly German Prince Consort?
Prince Albert wearing the Order of the Golden Fleece, by F.X. Winterhalter, 1842. Royal Collection.
Note: please keep the comments clean and refrain from speculation on the mythical piercing, OK?
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.