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.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Moving On from the V&A

One of my favourite places in the whole world, the V&A, is going to get some new leadership soon. It has been announced that Sir Mark Jones, the museum's director over the past decade, is leaving to take up a post as Master of St Cross College at Oxford in September 2011. New leadership always means new priorities: what do you love about the V&A, and what do you wish they could change or improve?

1 comment:

Ceri said...

Things I love about the V&A - the sculpture gallery, the wide range of objects, the fashion gallery and of course the shop...

I would like to see the V&A tackle more contemporary issues like they did with the Cold War design exhibition, which was amazing. I would also like to see them be a little more daring in their displays. The new Medieval and Renaissance galleries are a little clinical, the Medieval period was a riot of gaudy colour and noise and it does little to portray that with its white walls and sterile display, but having access to those objects is better than nothing.