The benefits of access through handling outweigh the risks

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Conference Paper


Pye, Elizabeth;


Conservation and Access: Contributions to the 2008 IIC Congress, London, p.0-0 (2008)


There is growing appreciation of the importance of the neglected sense of touch in our understanding of the world around us. By limiting handling in museums we deny information and enjoyment to many people, particularly to blind and partially sighted people. Conservators regularly assess and grade objects for their vulnerability to light; a similar approach could be applied to grading the ‘handleability’ of objects and making unused collections accessible through touch.