Special Collection: Voices in (and around) the museum

Voices Falling Through the Air

Paul Elliman

Abstract

Where am I?

Or as the young boy in Jules Verne’s Journey to the Centre of the Earth calls back to his distant-voiced companions: ‘Lost… in the most intense darkness.’

‘Then I understood it,’ says the boy, Axel, ‘To make them hear me, all I had to do was to speak with my mouth close to the wall, which would serve to conduct my voice, as the wire conducts the electric fluid’ (Verne 1864).

By timing their calls, the group of explorers work out that Axel is separated from them by a distance of four miles, held in a cavernous vertical gallery of smooth rock. Feeling his way down towards the others, the boy ends up falling, along with his voice, through the space. Losing consciousness he seems to give himself up to the space...


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How to cite: Elliman, P 2012. Voices Falling Through the Air. Journal of Conservation and Museum Studies 10(1):66-71, DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5334/jcms.1011211

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Published on 17 November 2012.

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