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, May 14, 2010

Historians and Material Culture

Have a look at this book review - seems that historians are starting to engage with material culture at last! There is hope.


J said...

Having read that book, I can say that it is about material culture, but it isn't a material culture approach. Vickery's husband, John Styles, does a better job using material culture of this period in his work, although they both generally depend rather unquestioningly on written sources and look only for illustration purposes (literally - for the pretty pictures in the colour plates in the middle of the book) to surviving objects. Even if they refer to (shock! horror!) visual material such as the plethora of 18th century caricatures, they do so without talking about any methodology for doing so and demonstrate no real understanding of the distinctive nature of this type of source.

But, even that is something, I guess...

Jenny said...

Things will improve - trust me :)