"Offers the reader a range of ways to approach touch in museums and will appeal to museum professionals, students, artists, and groups who campaign for increased access."
- Sense and Society
"... invite[s] a reconsideration of the
role of touch within museum contexts, and by implication in the
research, understanding, and interaction with objects.
studies in the book] offer not only practical ideas about
facilitating access to museum material, but raise the intriguing
issue of object handling as a therapeutically beneficial process.
[The book] offer[s] the reader a range of ways to approach the issue
of touch in museums, and [this book] will appeal to museum
professionals, students, artists, and groups who campaign for
- Rachel J. Dann, Senses & Society
"Overall, this collection of essays looks at not only the past and present of touch in museums, but also the future as new pathways are discussed through both tactical and virtual developments. As museums tiptoe carefully into a world where fuller access and transparency are the battle cries, The Power of Touch
blazes forward into this arena. Though the ideas presented may be polemical, they are all certainly thought- and discussion- provoking and a conscientious reader may find plenty of reasons to change their stance on touch in a museum context."
- Katherine Weikert, Portland Art Museum and Registrars' Quarterly