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.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Off with her head!

Apropos of our Nottingham Galleries of Justice Museum visit last weekend, and the Brown Bag seminar on Wednesday, is this article about a guillotine finally going on display in France. Why? Well, it has finally become a museum object, in the sense that it isn't being used any more. The model on display is the last intact one remaining in mainland France, and apparently, it was being used up until 1981. The article also poses some interesting questions about the interpretation (or lack thereof) of justice systems, something that has kept coming up in discussion this week among us.

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