Museums aim to allow access to objects and collections while at the same time protect and care for those objects.

Museum Practice looks at the role of touch in museums and explores its educational and therapeutic benefits

Sensory access to museum objects

Handling objects was central to early museum practice – so why is touch relegated today, asks Alex Woodall

Teaching through touch

Object-based learning

Healing hands

Can touching museum objects have therapeutic benefits?

Widening access through touch

Engaging handling at Manchester Museum

Developing handling collections

The practicalities and challenges of developing a handling collection at Museums Sheffield

Facilitating touch in galleries

Touching has to be a structured experience, says Colin Mulberg

Developing touch tours

Andrew Mashigo explains how touch tours can balance access with conservation

Handling objects for visually-impaired people

The role of touch in widening access

Virtual object handling

Can virtual objects replace the real thing?

Your handling collection case studies

How is touch offered to visitors at your museum?

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