Perspectives in the first person. A questionnaire on museum semiotics

Abstract This paper is a preliminary step towards a large-scale analysis of the perspective(s) through which museums communicate their contents. In order to do so, the following article relies on the principles of semiotics and studies the current use of first-person narrators in museum communication. A qualitative-quantitative approach has been used to conduct this research. […]

Ancient Near Eastern mementoes: The archaeological ‘souvenir’ industries between replica and invention

Abstract This short contribution investigates some preliminary insights concerning the production and dissemination strategies of modern replicas of ancient Near Eastern artefacts housed in museums worldwide. By drawing ona case study of the ancient Near East, this paper intends to illustrate not only the souvenir industry, the most immediate way to promote the museums’ public […]

Excellence and craft. A network of museums to challenge post-earthquake crisis in the Marches

The Research Project ‘Techne’ (Ancient TECHhnologies and workshop NEtwork) aims at reconstructing and investigating the origins, the historical development and cultural context, the technical aspects of craftmanship, and at retrieving the excellence of artisan activities in the Marches as a contribution to re-challenge the territory after the seism. The purpose is to constitute a network of museums dedicated to craftmanship, starting from a pilot experience (Museo della Tela, Macerata), in which past and present meet. Through a diachronic and multidisciplinary approach, the project involves different stakeholders, i.e. the University, the local administrations, private societies and inland communities, those majorly suffering the consequences of the earthquake.