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.

Saturday, January 08, 2011

Museum of London free talks and events

Beatrice Behlen, Senior Curator, Fashion and Decorative Arts @ Museum of London
On the last Wednesday of every month, enjoy free daytime talks by Museum of London curators, conservators and archaeologists. Find out what our experts get up to behind-the-scenes and what current research or recent finds they are working on.
FREE
Dates and times
Wednesday, 23 February, 15.00 – 16.00

Mike Seabourne, Senior Curator of Photographs and Curator of the London Street Photography exhibition @ Museum of London
On the last Wednesday of every month, enjoy free daytime talks by Museum of London curators, conservators and archaeologists. Find out what our experts get up to behind-the-scenes and what current research or recent finds they are working on.
Audience: Adults only
FREE
Dates and times
Wednesday, 30 March, 15.00 – 16.00
Tours of Mortimer Wheeler House
Location: Mortimer Wheeler House, 46 Eagle Wharf, Hackney, London, N1 7ED
Visit the London Archaeological Archive and Research Centre (LAARC) to see and handle some of the thousands of finds that haven't yet made it into our galleries. There are plenty of surprises in store for visitors to our Archaeological Archive and Research Centre, one of the largest purely archaeological stores in Europe. Along the 10 km of shelves - which laid end to end would run from St Paul's to Marble Arch and back - you will find over 5,000 shoes, 3,000 pins, 500 needles and records concerning 8,500 excavations, the earliest dating back to 1830. The tours will be led by some of our volunteers - over 600 of whom have worked in the Archive at various times over the past ten years. Take the chance to chat to them, and to Museum staff, about their favourite finds. They might even let you touch a 600-year old shoe or a Roman wine jar!
Fee £5: advanced booking required.
Dates and times
Friday, 1 April, 11.00 – 12.30
Friday, 1 April, 14.00 – 15.30
Saturday, 2 April, 11.00 – 12.30
Saturday, 2 April, 14.00 – 15.30

Expanding City, 1670s – 1850s @ Museum of London
Alex Werner, Head of History Collections at the Museum of London discusses the creation of the Expanding City gallery in the Museum's new Galleries of Modern London. Refreshments are available from 6pm.
FREE
Dates and times
Tuesday, 19 April, 18.30 – 20.00

Francis Marshall, Senior Curator of Paintings, Prints and Drawings and Curator of the London Cries exhibition @ Museum of London
On the last Wednesday of every month, enjoy free daytime talks by Museum of London curators, conservators and archaeologists. Find out what our experts get up to behind-the-scenes and what current research or recent finds they are working on.
FREE
Dates and times
Wednesday, 27 April, 15.00 – 16.00

Tom Wareham, Curator of Maritime History and Curator of Pirates: the Captain Kidd Story exhibition @ Museum of London Docklands
On the last Wednesday of every month, enjoy free daytime talks by Museum of London curators, conservators and archaeologists. Find out what our experts get up to behind-the-scenes and what current research or recent finds they are working on.
FREE
Dates and times
Wednesday, 25 May, 15.00 – 16.00

Rebuilding the Cutty Sark @ Museum of London Docklands
The architects leading the current conservation work on the Cutty Sark, the world's sole surviving extreme clipper and legend in her lifetime, have been faced with many challenges. Christopher Nash, Partner of architectural practice Grimshaw, speaks about the trials, tribulations and triumphs of the project. All ticket holders will receive a free glass of wine on entry.
Fee £6 (concs £4.50): advanced booking required.
Dates and times
Thursday, 2 June, 19.00 – 20.00

Sarah Gudgin, Curator Oral History & Contemporary Collecting @ Museum of London
On the last Wednesday of every month, enjoy free daytime talks by Museum of London curators, conservators and archaeologists. Find out what our experts get up to behind-the-scenes and what current research or recent finds they are working on.
FREE
Dates and times
Wednesday, 29 June, 15.00 – 16.00

Ian Blair, Senior Archaeologist for the Museum of London Archaeology Service @ Museum of London
On the last Wednesday of every month, enjoy free daytime talks by Museum of London curators, conservators and archaeologists. Find out what our experts get up to behind-the-scenes and what current research or recent finds they are working on.
FREE
Dates and times
Wednesday, 27 July, 15.00 – 16.00

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