The experience of research, teaching and scientific promotion of the museum of human anatomy «Filippo Civinini» of the University of Pisa

Gianfranco Natale, Paola Lenzi, Alessandra Scucces, Francesco Fornai, Antonio Paparelli

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Abstract

Together with other museums, since 1982 the Museum of Human Anatomy belonged to the University Museum System, which has undertaken joint initiatives for greater visibility of cultural heritage education: exhibitions, publication of books, guides and newspapers. Other activities were carried out independently to finalize more specifically some projects of the museum. Particular attention was paid to the multidisciplinary study and the recovery of principal collections (pre-Columbian mummies; Egyptian mummy with a sarcophagus, mummy of Arrighi), with the collaboration of many experts: historians, archaeologists, chemists, radiologists, physicians. The restoration has allowed the recovery of some preparations (specimens in formalin and mummies) and an ancient collection of books. These activities have resulted in teaching and promotion, publications, exhibitions and seminars, often as part of initiatives of the Regione Toscana as Amico Museo. The digital acquisition of certain preparations has resulted in interesting findings: educational products (three-dimensional models of the bones obtained with computed tomography (CT); virtual landscapes of information); participation in databases (Egyptian mummies project of the University of Ontario); visibility through a new museum site, the use of latest technologies for interactive communication (QR code). All these actions complement the more traditional media, such as paper guides and brochures. The evolution of museum activities is monitored with the help of satisfaction questionnaires and data processing on turnout of visitors.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)103-107
Number of pages5
JournalAtti della Societa Toscana di Scienze Naturali, Memorie Serie B
Volume119
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012

Keywords

  • Promotion
  • Research
  • Restoration
  • Teaching

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)

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