The latest Museum Practice looks at how opening collections up and allowing visitors to touch and handle artefacts doesn’t have to be at odds with conservation concerns.
This is something we know all about in archives! – and it’s something many users are very excited about.
“Can I touch it? – Yes. Do I have to wear gloves? – No. Wow!” is a typical exchange.
Unlike museum objects which are often in cases (for sound conservation reasons), most archives are there to be touched. It’s the “getting to the archival documents in the first place” bit that the archives domain could learn from museums.