I need a break from reading, so I thought I'd take a moment to introduce myself. I am the newest contributor to The Attic and I am looking forward to many interesting posts and discussions in the coming years!
I am a new PhD student here at Leicester (though I did my MA here 2 years ago). My topic deals with new technologies and their use in museums to engage with young children. Specifically I am interested in the use of technologies in assisting schools and parents in teaching children about the history contained within the walls of UK museums. With so many new digital designs in use today and more planned for the future, what works and what doesn't are important questions.
On that note, it's so great to be back in Leicester (I am originally from Canada) and amongst such a fantastic department. I look forward to contributing to this blog.
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.