Touch in Museums
Policy and Practice in Object Handling
The value of touch and object handling in museums is little understood, despite the overwhelming weight of anecdotal evidence which confirms the benefits of physical interaction with objects.
Touch in Museums presents a ground-breaking overview of object handling from both historical and scientific perspectives. The book aims to establish a framework for understanding the role of object handling for learning, enjoyment, and health. The broad range of essays included explores the many different contexts for object handling, not only within the museum, but extending beyond it to hospitals, schools and the wider community.
The combination of theoretical analysis, policy assessment and detailed case material make Touch in Museums invaluable reading for students and professionals of museology or cultural heritage.
Helen J. Chatterjee is Deputy Director of Museums & Collections and a Lecturer in Biology at University College London.
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List of Contributors
PART I What Do We Mean By Touch?
1 Museums, modernity and the class politics of touching objects
2 Making sense of touch
Charles Spence and Alberto Gallace
3 Emotional touch: A neuroscientific overview
4 Explorations in exploratory touch: The role of feeling in touching objects
PART II New Technologies for Enhancing Object Interpretation
5 The use of haptic interfaces in haptics research
6 Tactual explorations: A tactile interpretation of a museum exhibit through tactile artworks and augmented reality
7 CONTACT: Digital modelling of object and process in artefact teaching Roger Doonan and Michael Boyd
8 Out of touch? Digital technologies, ethnographic objects and sensory orders
9 A versatile large-scale multimodal VR system for cultural heritage visualisation
10 Touch technologies and museum access
Robert Zimmer, Janis Jefferies and Mandayam Srinivasan
PART III Touch and Memory
11 A memory for touch: The cognitive psychology of tactile memory
Alberto Gallace and Charles Spence
12 Aesthetics of touch among the elderly
13 Reminiscence: Recent work at The British Museum
14 Getting a handle on the past: The use of objects in reminiscence work
PART IV Therapeutic Approaches to Touch
15 Enrichment programmes in hospitals: Using museum loan boxes in University College London Hospital
Guy Noble and Helen Chatterjee
16 See, touch and enjoy: Newham University Hospital's nostalgia room, Jackie O'Sullivan
17 Measuring the 'difficult to measure'
PART V Knowledge Transfer in Object Handling
18 How accessible are museums today?
19 The British Museum in Pentonville Prison: Dismantling barriers through touch and handling
Jane Samuels, The British Museum.
20 The amenable object: working with diaspora communities through a psychoanalysis of touch
Touch and the value of object handling: Final conclusions for a new sensory museology
Devorah Romanek and Bernadette Lynch.
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320pp, 60 b&w illustrations, bibliography, index
|The volume as a whole is an important examination on the use of object handling in museums.|