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.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Museum Metamorphosis PhD Conference - Registration Update

If you have not already registered for our amazing conference in November, sign up soon! The deadline for registration is October 25th.

We have a spectacular programme lined up! We are very delighted that Sharon Heal, Editor of the Museums Journal at the Museums Association will be our external keynote speaker at Museum Metamorphosis and will be talking about 'Curators have only interpreted the world: the point is to change it'.
Our second keynote address will be by Matthew Constantine, Collections, Learning and Interpretation Manager for Leicester Arts & Museums Service and he will be talking about current developments and changes including the ACE-funded redevelopment of the German Expressionists Gallery.

Tickets for students are just £60 and professionals are £70! This includes tea/coffee and lunch both days. We are also arranging exciting pre-conference events on November 4th and a great networking dinner on November 5th.

Sign up soon!

Monday, September 09, 2013

Art Blogging

Just got sent this interesting blog post, which is well worth a look!

Art in Your Backyard: Philadelphia, Charleston, Oakland and Atlanta

Perfect for anyone from those cities and also people visiting! It gives some great pointers on art in those four cities and what to look out for when visiting. Accessible, easy and informative.

Makes me want to go visit; I've only been to Atlanta!

Sunday, September 01, 2013

Some great events this year from MEG!

Exciting 2013/14 events season for all interested in museum ethnography (

Following a review of the Museum Ethnographers Group’s (MEG) traditional events programme and feedback from members, we’ve redesigned the autumn 2013 – spring 2014 programme with an emphasis on continuing professional development and networking opportunities. We’re trialling a range of different events, all of which are reasonably priced, and are keen to secure participation and feedback. These events are open to all so please publicise them to your colleagues and contacts.

The programme starts with a training day on ‘Researching donors of museum ethnography’ on Friday 27 September 2013 at Thinktank, Birmingham Science Museum. Led by historian and museum consultant Dr Katherine Prior, the day will provide a unique opportunity for museum ethnographers to learn how to make effective use of commonly-available local and family history resources to research donor history. The day will have an emphasis on practical, hands on experience and participants are encouraged to bring a donor name to test out the process. The participation fee is just £40 for members (£70 for non-members).

On Friday 8 November 2013 we will be visiting the Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology (University of Cambridge) for a critical assessment of their new exhibition, Chiefs and Governors: Art and Power in Fiji. Co-curated by Anita Herle and Lucie Carreau, this exhibition presents highlights from the most historically significant collection of Fijian objects in the world outside of Fiji. The visit will include an opportunity to meet exhibition curators and other staff involved. Participation for members costs just £10 (£15 for non-members) and includes lunch.

Following the success of a previous Europe visit (to Paris) this winter we invite MEG members to join us on a visit to the Museum of World Cultures (Varldskulturmuseerna) in Gothenburg,Sweden on Friday 6 December 2013The visit will include a chance to view their current exhibition and to meet collections staff at this ground-breaking museum. Flights cost from about £85 (Ryanair, Stansted) or £135 (various, London Heathrow or Gatwick). Participants are responsible for booking their own flights and accommodation.

Lastly, we’ve teamed up with the Human Remains Specialist Subject Network for a training event on ‘Curating Human Remains in UK Museums’ on Wednesday 26 February 2014 at theRoyal College of Surgeons, LondonThe day will address the ethics and practice of caring for human remains in an institution, and includes a hands-on workshop focusing on the packing and storing of human remains. The speakers include specialist curators and conservators from theNatural History Museum, Royal College of Surgeons and the Museum of London. Participation costs £30 and is open to all.

MEG are aiming to keep costs down by handling bookings ourselves. For any of these events please complete a booking form on the MEG Events web page ( or email our treasurer (