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.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Lost Museums Study Day at the Royal College of Surgeons, London

The Royal College of Surgeons are holding a rather exciting study day on Saturday 21 May 2011 from 10 am til 5 pm on the subject of some of London's forgotten museums. This will coincide with a forthcoming exhibition at the Hunterian Museum entitled Lost Museums: Nature and Medicine on Show which will run from 1 March to 2 July 2011 in the Qvist Gallery.

There will also be an interesting programme of lunchtime and evening lectures on the subject of loss as applied not only to museums but also to concepts, topographies and material culture.

Tickets for the study day cost £45 (£35 concessions) and include lunch and refreshments. To book, you'll need to call the Hunterian Museum on 020 7869 6560. The venue for the day will be the Royal College of Surgeons in Lincoln's Inn Fields (opposite Sir John Soane's Museum).

Speakers confirmed so far are:

Sam Alberti (Royal College of Surgeons) on lost medical museums

Alan Bates (University College London) on lost anatomy shows

Michael Costeloe (University of Bristol) on Bullock’s lost collection

Stuart Eagles on the lost art museum at Ancoats

Tim Knox (Sir John Soane's Museum) on a lost architectural museum

Frances Larson (Durham University) on Wellcome’s lost collection

Chris Plumb (University of Manchester) on lost animal displays

I think this one sounds too good to miss!

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