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.

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Museums in the News Digest Edition

Whoa; I go away for a week, and there is a ton of news items when I come back.

June 30: The Ulster Museum has won the Art Fund Prize, beating out the Ashmolean. Might be fun to go visit for research week next year, y'all?

June 30: The National Gallery's exhibition on art and authenticity, Close Examination, has opened. See a slideshow of works here; a selection of reviews here.

July 1: Charles Saatchi has gifted his Saatchi Gallery to the nation; it will become the Museum of Contemorary Art in London. See the slideshow here.

July 1: Speaking of Saatchi, the Evening Standard lauds Saatchi for making his space available to the intellegentsia's need to hang out and have late dinners in a posh place.

July 7: The NPG needs to raise £100,000 to stop the export of the earliest known British painting of a freed slave. A fascinating story, both of the man and the painting; well worth saving.

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