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The smell of success: how scent became the must-have interpretative tool

Category: Education & Interpretation

Inspired by attending an historic house program that combined music and scent to summon the past, Rachel Mackay digs into the past and present of museums using scent, a powerful sensory tool for creating emotional connections.

In the beautifully lit interior of Chiswick House (pictured, top), cellist Rebecca Knight paused in her playing and put her hand to her nose. It was a pre-arranged sign for the audience at the heritage attraction ; a signal that we should open the first of three cellophane envelopes we had been handed on arrival.

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