The two-year research project will rethink the role of senses in all aspects of museum work, from accession, cataloguing and collections through to curating, exhibitions and the visitor experience. The team is particularly interested in decentralising the sense of sight, which is privileged in museums, and in developing non-visual ways that museums might be experienced.
As part of the initiative, researchers will follow a museum object on its journey from being collected and entering the museum, through to documentation and up to when it is displayed and experienced by the public. The team will trace and evidence moments when sensory assumptions are made in describing and recording the object, and how museum staff interact with it.
- Learn more about the project in an article by the UK Museums Association
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