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 07, 2010

New book on Museums and Ethnicity

Via Museum-L:
This groundbreaking book brings together a collection of essays on the revolution taking place in museums around the world as they look anew at the ways communities are represented. It highlights a fundamental shift occurring in 21st century museums: how they confront existing assumptions about people, and the pioneering ways they work with specific groups to narrate oral histories, tell ancestral stories and keep memories from the past alive.

Among the fifteen highly-respected authors sharing their analysis and experience are:
* Kate Craddy, Director of the Galicia Jewish Museum, Poland
* Victoria Dickenson, Chief Knowledge Officer, Canadian Museum for Human Rights
* Annette B Fromm, Associate Professor and Coordinator of Museum Studies, Florida International University and President of the International Committee of Museums of Ethnography.
* Carmita Icasiano, Curator and Collections Manager, Cultural Centre of the Philippines
Magdalena Mieri, Director of the Program in Latino History & Culture, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
* Alison Taylor, Head of Inclusion and Diversity, Herbert Art Gallery and Museum, Coventry
* Dr Marzia Varutti, Honorary Visiting Fellow, School of Museum Studies, University of Leicester.

For more information and to place your order, please visit:

Among the innovative museum programmes featured in the publication's 350 information-packed pages are:
* African American Civil War Memorial Freedom Foundation and Museum
* Ethnic Minority Museums, People’s Republic of China
* Galicia Jewish Museum, Poland
* Herbert Art Gallery and Museum
* McCord Museum of Canadian History in Montreal
* Museo ng Kalinangang Pilipino
* Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
* National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
* National Museum of Singapore
* Red Location Museum, South Africa
* Sabah Museum, Borneo
* Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History
* San Diego History Center

Because of its importance, we’re releasing this book in our Preview Edition format, which provides early access to the book’s content - before publication on 30 May. Order now at our discounted rate, saving you over 20%, and you:
* Access the full digital version immediately - read online, download, or print.
* Receive a complimentary copy of the book on publication on 30 May.
* Receive at least 20% savings on the full price!

Narratives of Community: Museums and Ethnicity is available NOW! Order your copy online at

Graeme Farnell
Publisher, MuseumsEtc

PS We offer all our readers an unconditional guarantee: if, once received, you decide this book's not for you, simply return it to us for a full refund!

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