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.
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
We finally found out how the role of the recently-cut Museums Libraries and Archives Council (MLA) will be filled: Apparently, the Arts Council (which, as we reported last week, has received extra funding) will be taking care of museums, and now it has been announced that the National Archives will be mentoring archives in proper practice and campaigning for them with government. the Department of Culture Media and Sport (DCMS) aren't thrilled with the idea, and frankly, neither am I - both organizations already have huge specialized roles without having to take on the extra role of advocacy. But at least there will continue to be leadership and a voice for heritage out there.