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, July 08, 2011

Museum Barbie

As someone who coveted bourgeois Barbies during my Soviet childhood (and received one almost immediately upon immigration to the decadent West), and spent many years creating elaborate historically-inspired outfits for my collection of yard-sale and old friends' Barbies (and even was in talks to donate my work to a toy museum), I am VERY excited about this: Museum Barbie! No, she is not a poorly-paid heritage worker, or even a collections volunteer; Barbie in this incarnation is dressed in three outfits inspired by masterpieces by artists like Klimt and Van Gogh. What either of them would have made of it all I shudder to think, but maybe this will raise awareness and love of museums?

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