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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 (as part of the display on abolitionist Thomas Clarkson) 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.

Please Touch / Please Don't Touch

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).

Please Don't Touch-making off

A publication on 'History Rising' was published by Onomatopee in 2015.