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Olfactory Storytelling Toolkit Resource 3: Odeuropa's 'Nose-First Art Historical Odour Wheel'

  • 1. ROR icon Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences
  • 2. ROR icon University College London
  • 3. ROR icon University of York
  • 4. ROR icon Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam


This resource is 1 of 11 downloadable resources created for Odeuropa's Olfactory Storytelling Toolkit: a 'How-To' Guide for Working with Smells in Museums and Heritage Institutions. These resources are meant to be used for your own olfactory event. 

Odeuropa's 'Nose-First Art Historical Odour Wheel' (OST Resource 3) offers a fun and simple way for users to find olfactory stories in their collections. The odour wheel starts with scent families in the first ring, which connects to odourants in the second ring, and specific artworks and artefacts in the third ring, ending with an outer ring connecting to Iconclass codes. Iconclass is a database that many GLAM institutions use to categorise and name their collection items and metadata.

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(OST3) Wheel.pdf

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