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, September 28, 2010

Visitor Studies symposium in Liverpool

Visitor Studies Group Autumn Event

Visitor Studies: Asking, observing and the ethics of it all

Merseyside Maritime Museum, Liverpool

Friday 15th October 2010 10.30am – 4.30pm

This one-day event will focus on the ethical issues and considerations surrounding the research of human subjects. If your audience research includes covert recording, unobtrusive observations, interviews with vulnerable adults and children or any aspect of research involving human participants then this event is for you.

Speakers and Workshop leaders:

• Dr Sue Spiers: Head of Research Programme Development at Liverpool John Moores University

• Andrew McIntyre: Director, Morris Hargreaves McIntyre

• Claire Benjamin: Head of Community Partnerships, National Museums Liverpool.

• Dr Eric Jensen: Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Warwick

• Sofie Davis: Senior Audience Researcher, The Science Museum.

Registration costs:

VSG Member £40 VSG Members Concession* £30

Non-Member £50 Non-Member Concession* £40

Including refreshments and lunch

* Concession = Full-time students, Unwaged or Retired

This event is designed to be a mixture of presentations and workshops. Please book early since numbers will be limited due to the inclusion of workshops in the programme.

See the VSG website for booking details

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