Sensational Books

About the exhibition

Exploring the experience of the book beyond reading, Sensational Books features books and items from the Bodleian’s collections that invite a sensory response across the five senses of sight, sound, taste, smell and touch and beyond.

Visitors will be able to experience the sound of manuscripts unravelling, the smell of vellum in early books or the touch of an old book cover and have many other sensory experiences with the treasures on display. As e-books grow in use, this exhibition captures the renewed interest in the material book, as evidenced by everything from the recent popularity of gift books to high quality book design.

For the first time, researchers have been able to extract the smell from books in the collection of Oxford University's Bodleian Library and bottle it.

- The Daily Telegraph -


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