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.
Elizabeth Pye is Senior Lecturer at the University College London Institute of Archaeology. She coordinates the Institute's Heritage Studies Research Group and its masters program in conservation. She is editor of Caring for the Past: Issues in Conservation for Archaeology and Museums (2000)