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, September 24, 2010

The Story of England

For those of you living in Leicester(shire), or just generally of a historical persuasion, check out Michael Wood's The Story of England, which I caught on BBC4 last night, but which you can also find on i-player. It bases itself in Kibworth, dontcha know? Jewry Wall and the Glen Parva Lady have starring roles, and there's also a rather timely comment from a former Pope - Urban - who, upon seeing some Angles sold as slaves, became enamoured of their pale skin and blonde hair, and asked what people they were. When answer with 'They are Angles', he is said to have replied 'Non angli - angeli' - that is, not Angles - Angels.

Check it out here http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00tw231/Michael_Woods_Story_of_England_Romans_to_Normans/

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