Throughout the British Museum, and other museums all over the world, there are handling desks, also called hands – on desks or hands – on sessions. Here, volunteers sit with real objects, not replicas, and explain the history of the object, its context, its relation to present day, its place in the gallery, its link to the community/country it originates in. If the volunteer is a good storyteller then s/he can keep you captivated for a really long time 🙂
This is probably the best part of a museum’s interpretation programme, wish we could have more museums in india understanding the value of interpretation!!!
In this series of photographs, Mark, a Chinese origin volunteer born in Kolkata, explained 4 objects in the South Asia gallery of the British Museum.