The International Council of Museums (ICOM) established International Museum Day in 1977 to encourage
public awareness of the role of museums in the development of society.
Momentum has been rising unabated ever since. In 2009, International Museum Day garnered record-breaking
participation with almost 20,000 museums hosting events in more than 90 countries.
The worldwide community of museums will celebrate International Museum Day around May 18, 2010 and
will, as always, be creative in organising discovery tours by day or night, atypical visits, workshops and
conferences for all kinds of visitors.
“Museums for social harmony" is the theme of this year’s International Museum Day. Harmony is a concept
significant for both Humanity and for representing Eastern cultures. The basis of social harmony lies in
dialogue, tolerance, coexistence and development, based on pluralism, difference, competition and creativity.
Fundamentally social harmony is "to agree but to stand out, to look for common ground but to keep the
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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.