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.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Westminster Abbey gets a face lift

Future of the Chapter House set in stone as extensive conservation work rejuvenates site

It is not only the British government that has undergone something of a transformation of late. So too has the medieval home of the House of Commons – Westminster Abbey Chapter House. Completed in c.1255, the Chapter House was painstakingly reconstructed by the Victorians in 1866, making it one of London’s oldest buildings. Not only is the great tiled floor ‘the best medieval tiled floor in existence’ but, as Dr. Steven Brindle, an English Heritage historian confirms, ‘the wall paintings which date from the 14th century and 15th century are among the finest we have surviving in England’.

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