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, December 03, 2010

A Little Section of News

From the Global Museum Webzine, I have handpicked for you some interesting stories from the headlines of Museum Culture worldwide - and within the UK! Enjoy...

Unknown Picassos Discovered in Paris
From the story...

"An extraordinary cache of hundreds of works by Pablo Picasso, painted during his most creative period and worth a conservative estimate of €60m (£50.5m), has been uncovered at the home of a retired French electrician.

The collection of 271 paintings, drawings, sketches and lithographs, many of which were previously unknown, dates from 1900 to 1932.

Among the works are nine cubist collages worth at least €40m, a painting from his celebrated blue period, drawings and models for some of his most important works and portraits of his first wife, the Russian ballerina Olga Khokhlova..."

Unveiling the Zayed National Museum
From the story

Foster + Partners have unveiled designs for a museum on Saadiyat Island in Abu Dhabi. The Zayed National Mueum will feature five lightweight steel towers resembling birds’ wings, set within a landscaped mound with gallery spaces located at ground level...


Put it Down, Minister!

From the story

For any parent taking the children to a museum, it’s a heart-stopping moment – inquisitive little fingers reach towards a priceless artefact and disaster seems inevitable.

So imagine the panic at the British Museum yesterday when a visitor tried on a 3,000-year-old Bronze Age bracelet which is so delicate that it should never be touched by an ungloved hand.

Embarrassingly, the culprit was Culture Minister Ed Vaizey, who blushed as he was told off like a naughty schoolboy by an official...

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