2nd February 2007 at 00:00
A new exhibition that allows visitors not only to see but also to touch, hear and smell the objects on show has taken to the road in Fife.

Making Sense is the inaugural exhibition created within Fife Council's brand new travelling museum and art gallery.

The new purpose-built vehicle replaces the old MAC, a converted double-decker bus that travelled to schools and other venues in Fife for 10 years. MAC 2 is bigger and better, with improved visitor access and up-to-date vehicle technology, allowing it to reach Fife's more remote areas.

Making Sense has been designed to introduce the collections at Kirkcaldy Museum and Art Gallery to as wide an audience as possible, including people with sensory impairments.

The show, which features objects, images, sounds and smells, ranges across four areas of the collections: art, archaeology, local industries, and costume, and includes simple interactives and activities for each subject.

In the art section, where visitors can create their own still life, a touchable, three-dimensional version has been made of one of the paintings on display.

Visitors can have a go at decorating pottery the way our ancient ancestors did and search for artefacts in the excavation pit of the archaeology area.

The smells of a fish market, a coal mine and a lino factory have been created to help tell the story of some of Fife's major industries.

Clothes, paintings on a dress theme, and a magical Cinderella gown, plus a range of hats to try on, feature in the costume section.

Schools can book a visit from the MAC bus through Kirkcaldy Museum and Art Gallery. T 01592 412860

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