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Stimulating the senses: using smell to engage visitors
Episode 13113th June 2024 • The Art Engager • Claire Bown
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How can we use our sense of smell to engage visitors? My guest today, Sofia Collette Ehrich is an art historian and curator of multisensory experiences. She was a key researcher on Odeuropa - a European funded Horizon 2020 project that advocated for smell as an important part of Europe’s cultural heritage.

We discuss when she first realised her passion for working with scents and how smell can make museum experiences more engaging.

We cover her creation of a scent-based tour for Museum Ulm in Germany and a 'Scratch and Sniff' self-guided tour for the Amsterdam Museum.

We also look at the Olfactory Storytelling Toolkit, 'smell walks,' and the idea of a 'sniffer in residence.' Sofia shares lots of practical tips for adding olfactory elements to your programmes.

If you want to infuse the sense of smell into your practice or incorporate more multisensory approaches into your programmes, you'll learn a lot from this episode.

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This is an interesting report about the interviews Cecilia Bembibre conducted with museum professionals who have used smells in GLAMs:

Olfactory Storytelling Toolkit:

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Guidelines for conducting an olfactory guided tour here:

Guidelines for conducting a smell walk here:

A talk Sofia gave for the Swedish Heritage Commission which included many practical examples:

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