Facial Reconstruction Within Museum Settings: History Conveyed Through Tactile Learning for Sighted and Partially Sighted/Blind Audiences

Tatiana Booth Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
Faculty Sponsor(s): Susan Hyatt Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
Anthropologists have made use of facial reconstruction within the field of forensics and archaeology to identify human remains for both criminal investigations and renditions of historical figures. Within this poster, I will concentrate on the use of facial reconstruction within a museum setting to further the learning experiences of sighted and partially sighted/blind audiences. Conflicting ideologies on this use of facial reconstruction is shown through questions of validity and the process in which individuals interpret information through touch. Soft tissue data, educational surveys conducted by museums and accounts from varying audiences solidify the functionality of this approach to history. Historic figures are interpreted through anatomical art to further the connection of a museums audience to the progression of “touch tour” education. History can be told through knowledge of anatomy and artistic interpretation while filling in cultural absences for greater accuracy by employing anthropological methods.
Poster Presentation

When & Where

Irwin Library Lower Level