Museum barriers demarcate time as well as physical space; here the present ends and the past begins. Please Touch / Please Don’t Touch, a loosened demarcation itself is the object on display.
The design of the chain is based on a segment of a chain on display at the Wisbech & Fenland Museum (part of the abolitionist Thomas Clarkson display) which is, in turn, inspired by a chain on display in the National Museum in Dublin in Ireland. The original shape of the chain stems from a Viking design and has been extensively used throughout time due to its simple production and strength.
Please Touch / Please Don’t Touch was produced in the foundry at the victorian Gressenhall Farm & Workhouse Museum during a public workshop with a blacksmith as part of the History Rising programme and was presented in the exhibition 'On the Enclosure of Time' at the victorian Wisbech and Fenland Museum.
The collection 'On the Enclosure of Time' is one of the outcomes of 'History Rising', a subversive and engaging study of museum display in England, conceived and developed by Marjolijn Dijkman and curator Jes Fernie (2012 - 2015).