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“Touch and See in the Kitchen Dependency”

August 11, 2011

Visit Cliveden to see their new exhibit: Touch & See in the Kitchen Dependency during this month’s Second SaturdayThis exciting new display is for those interested in learning more about the history of the property and the people who inhabited it. Previously, details about the family and the vivid descriptions of enslavement in the North from the Chew Family Papers were inaccessible to visitors.  With Touch & See installed, visitors can view four large panels and interact with a touch-screen computer to learn beyond the facts that are mentioned in the tours!

The panels offer something to everyone. Highlighting the architecture and design of Cliveden, the functions of the dependencies, the servants and enslaved workers of the Chew family, and the Chew Family Papers, there is a wealth of knowledge to gain.

The touch-screen computer demonstrates how history can thrive in the future. The computer runs an interactive powerpoint designed with easy-to-navigate options for visitors to explore a variety of topics. These topics include biographies of notable residents, the interior evolution of the main house, historical images of Cliveden, biographies of Chew family members, a Chew family album, and excepts from the Chew papers.  With over 100 photographs, documents and paintings, this new engaging exhibit truly brings history to life. Also, visitors are able to use the computer to record their thoughts on Cliveden in video format, allowing you to leave your legacy at Cliveden as well!

The Touch & See was planned, researched, designed, and installed by Rachel Lim, a rising senior at Haverford College double majoring in Political Science and Linguistics. She was awarded a grant from the National Trust for Historic Preservation and National Endowment for the Humanities to carry out this exciting new display. She used the knowledge gained from two years of working at Haverford’s Art Gallery to create a cohesive exhibit during her internship! Cliveden was extremely lucky to have such an ambitious intern this summer.

Make sure to stop by Cliveden during their open hours or tomorrow, August 13th, for Second Saturdays!

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  1. Gail Tomlinson permalink
    August 15, 2011 5:38 pm

    If the ‘touch & See’ exhibit will be open for a few months, I look forward to visiting it sometime in the fall.I have a feeling the kitchen dependency is much changed from the days when Floyd and Edward visited my office. Gail Tomlinson

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