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, November 08, 2012

Good Stuff from Old Books

Still-useful advice from Victorian museum advocate Thomas Greenwood, in his book Museums and Art Galleries, 1888.

3 comments:

Florence Laino said...

This is so wonderful! Critical museum studies started much earlier than we thought....

Stephanie said...

Interesting that he advocates starting a private collection. He wasn't a fan of 'cabinet' style collecting though, and said something along the lines of 'the orderly soul of the Museum student' would 'quake' at the sight of such an idiosyncratic arrangement.

Dr J said...

Haha, I love Victorians! I suspect he wanted the visitor to start their own collection to get a feel for learning from objects, and to understand the processes of selection and classification. At least, that's what I told my students when I presented this tidbit in class!