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, June 17, 2011


Would you like to help some of our ex-students? Read on…
The former students are:
Fiona Diaper, Museum Director
Heather Audin, Curator
Sally Sculthorpe Volunteer Organiser/Education Officer

Unfolding the Quilts

Our Heritage Lottery-funded project ‘Unfolding the Quilts’, based at the Quilt Museum and Gallery in York, has reached the semi-finals of the National Lottery Awards, the annual search to find Britain’s favourite Lottery-funded projects. The Lottery funding has enabled the Quilt Museum and Gallery to work with over 180 volunteers and reach 7,000 children and adults with our Education and Outreach programme since we opened in 2008.


We are competing against nine other projects to be voted the ‘Best Heritage Project’ and if we reach the final, our project - and the Quilt Museum and Gallery - will be featured in the televised finals on BBC 1. This would be tremendous publicity for quilting and for the Quilt Museum and Gallery.

Please help us reach the finals by voting for 'Unfolding the Quilts'. Go to to cast your vote now.

Please forward this email to your friends and ask them to vote too.

You can also vote by phone, just call 0844 836 9716.

Calls cost only 5p from a BT landline but may be more from mobile phones.

Voting ends on 20 June so no time to lose.

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