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    Power of Touch Handling Objects in Museum and Heritage Context

    ISBN-10: 159874304X
    ISBN-13: 9781598743043
    Edition: 2007
    Author(s): Elizabeth Pye
    Description: Despite the fact that we have a range of senses with which to perceive the world around us, museums and other cultural institutions have traditionally used sight as the main way to convey information. In everyday life, though, we use touch  More...
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    Copyright Year: 2007
    Publisher: Left Coast Press, Incorporated
    Publication Date: 2/28/2008
    Binding: Paperback
    Pages: 262
    Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
    Weight: 0.748
    Language: English

    Despite the fact that we have a range of senses with which to perceive the world around us, museums and other cultural institutions have traditionally used sight as the main way to convey information. In everyday life, though, we use touch constantly in conjunction with sight. Why, then, does it play so small a role in the study and enjoyment of museum objects? Contributors to this volume explore how the sense of touch can be utilized in cultural institutions to facilitate understanding and learning.

    List of Illustrations
    Preface
    Introduction: The Power of Touch
    Science of Touch
    Weighing up the Value of Touch
    Making Sense of Touch: A Multisensory Approach to the Perception of Objects
    History of Touch
    Archaeology of Touch: Babylonian Magic and Healing
    For Your Eyes Only? The Magic Touch of Relics
    Don't Touch! Hands Off! Art, Blindness, and the Conservation of Expertise
    Professional Touch
    Exploring the Role of Touch in Connoisseurship and the Identification of Objects
    Understanding Objects: The Role of Touch in Conservation
    Touch and Memory
    The Elderly as 'Curators' in North London
    Easing the Transition: Using Museum Objects with Elderly People
    Touch and Discovery
    The Touch Experience in Museums in the UK and Japan
    Touching Art, Touching You: Blind Art, Sense, and Sensuality
    Learning through Touch
    To Play or Not To Play: Making a Collection of Musical Instruments Accessible
    Collaborative Touch: Working with a Community Artist to Restore a Kwakwaka'wakw Mask
    Virtual Touch
    Touching Ghosts: Haptic Technologies in Museums
    Exploring Virtual Touch in the Creative Arts and Conservation
    Index
    About the Contributors

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