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.

Monday, July 15, 2013

Two New MEG Events!

Researching donors of museum ethnography
Friday 27 September 2013, 11am – 4.00pm
Thinktank, Birmingham Science Museum, Millennium Point, Birmingham

Undertaking research on donors of ethnographic objects can shed new light on object history and provenance. This practical session will provide an introduction to using commonly-available local history and genealogical sources to research donor histories. The session will include case studies illustrating the often surprising detail and pointers revealed by basic family history research. It will also provide an overview of the research tools that museum ethnographers may find useful, including information about accessibility and the tools' limitations. Most of the session, however, will be hands-on and participants are asked to bring some donor names and dates to research with the trainer's support. The outcomes cannot be guaranteed but the process is always worth pursuing, often intriguing, and sometimes highly rewarding. The session will be led by Dr Katherine Prior, historical and former advisor to the British Empire and Commonwealth Museum, Royal Pavilion & Museums, Brighton and Hove, and York Museums Trust.

This event costs £70 for non-members and £40 for members. Lunch is not included.Booking is essential.

Please email for a booking form.

Meet the Reviewer: Chiefs and Governors: Art and Power in Fiji
Friday 8 November 2013, 11am - 3.30pm

Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (MAA), University of CambridgeAn opportunity to critically interrogate the process of curating this landmark exhibition and to evaluate the outcome. The session will be led by a discussion between a reviewer and exhibition curators. Chiefs and Governors: Art and Power in Fiji, co-curated by Anita Herle and Lucie Carreau, presents highlights from the most historically significant collection of Fijian objects in the world outside of Fiji. This collection is special to MAA as it formed the core of the Museum's founding ethnographical collections when it first opened in 1884. The exhibition is one of the outcomes of the collaborative Fijian Art Research project (, which aims to catalogue and learn more about collections of Fijian Art held in museums around the world. A review of the exhibition will be posted on the MEG website a week before the event.

This event costs £15 for non-members and £10 for members. Lunch is included.Booking is essential.

Please email for a booking form.

Also note that we (MEG) are planning a December 2013 trip to the Museum of World Culture in Gothenburg (Världskulturmuseet). Details to follow (or check the website:

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