“Touch This Page! Making Sense of the Ways We Read” is an exhibition about multisensory experiences of reading. Its central objects are 3D replicas from historical books for blind and low-vision readers printed between 1830 and 1910. Most of these archival materials live at the Samuel P. Hayes Research Library at the Perkins School for the Blind. We hope that, by experiencing these 3D-printed objects, you will reflect on how touch, sight, and sound contribute to experiences of reading—historically and today. Simultaneously, the story of these tactile pages guides you through a particular slice of disability history and current barriers to access understood through the principles of universal design.
A pop-up style version of the exhibition is being hosted simultaneously at four locations during its initial launch: Harvard University’s Lamont Library, Northeastern University’s Snell Library, the Perkins School for the Blind, and Norman B. Leventhal Map and Education Center at the Boston Public Library (at Copley Square). It will run from the week of January 28, 2019 through April 8, 2019. This web exhibition hosts all content from the physical exhibition including the files of the pages from the Perkins archive so that anyone with access to a 3D printer can reproduce the exhibition and its objects.
Learn more at https://www.touchthispage.com/