Touch is an essential way for some people to understand museum objects and connect with the associated stories. Supported also by audio description of detail and contextual information.
An event titled ‘Do Not Touch: 3D in Museums’ on 3 June 2019 is organized by the University of Cambridge Museums. This presents an opportunity to explore more about methods with 3D modelling and printing technology for access to heritage collections.
Handling original artifacts or fabric is the most direct tactile connection, but not always possible. 3D technology could provide an inclusive interpretive tool or option. There is still so much to explore, learn and develop to catch-up with the more traditional visual approaches to exhibition design and interpretation.