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The course aims to contribute to the cultural education of naturalists who intend to carry out their post-graduate work in the numerous naturalistic museums and in other structures of an expository and / or informative type. In addition to the acquisition of the basic concepts in the field, students will have to demonstrate high practical skills in sampling, preparation, cataloging, museum setting and conservation of naturalistic finds.


No prerequisites are required


Naturalistic museums: definitions, tasks, types and sections. Civic, university and local museums linked to protected areas. Permanent and temporary exhibitions. Origin of the concept of museum. Birth of National Natural History museums in various countries. Naturalistic explorations and evolution of museum collections. Geographical societies: shipments for the purpose of research and museum collection. The naturalistic collections and their importance for the origin of museums. Notes on botanical gardens, aquariums and natural parks. History of the naturalistic museums of the University of Cagliari.
The module aims to address the relationship between the space of the museum, the exhibition path, the contents of the exhibition and the project of the exhibition: organization of space, coordination of texts, images, materials, technologies. With reference to the innovative examples in the history of twentieth-century installations (Scarpa, Albini, BBPR) we want to investigate the methodologies of exhibition design; without neglecting the fact that it is a constantly evolving sector in which the design and architecture design culture, graphic design, multimedia project and plant design overlap. The cultural-exhibition itinerary. Exhibition strategies in museums. Critical analysis of museum realities and exploitation in situ on different scales (large museums, local realities), including on-site preservation (protected sites), with the use of the web and paper material. Graphic means (labels; captions; illustrative panels; images). Reproductions (three-dimensional models in scale and in natural dimensions, dioramas). Video projections. Graphic means (labels; captions; illustrative panels; images). Reproductions (three-dimensional models in scale and in natural dimensions, dioramas). Video projections. Instruments. Conservation, inventory, cataloging and regulations. Legal status of naturalistic cultural assets. Cataloging, maintenance, conservation and enhancement techniques. Safety regulations to be adopted in museums and naturalistic laboratories.
Acquisition, preparation, conservation and restoration of naturalistic finds. Aspects related to the collection of specimens in the wild. Use of collections as an aid to the conservation of threatened or protected species. Preparation of finds and reproductions for conservative, exhibition and educational purposes. The techniques of sampling and mechanical preparation (use of micro-chisel and micro-cutters, also with binocular microscope) and / or with the use of chemical products. Materials and methods of reproduction of finds: types of resins, silicones, latex for the production of molds and materials for the production of casts, including coloring and finishing.
Application educational excursions to museums and the territory.

Teaching Methods

The course includes 3 credits of interactive on line lessons (corresponding to 30 hours) that alternate with activities in the laboratory and with external activities (visit and critical analysis of museums, collections, natural parks, etc.) for a total of 3 credits (36 hours).

Verification of learning

The student's assessment includes an oral test in which questions relating to the topics covered during the course are proposed. Specifically, the preparation of documents such as catalog cards of naturalistic assets compiled in accordance with ministerial regulations and the presentation of a PPT concerning the critical analysis on a naturalistic or technical-scientific museum. The student will have to demonstrate the acquisition of skills in the cataloging and inventorying of naturalistic assets in museums and in critical observation concerning all the museographic aspects concerning museums and temporary exhibitions. The score of the exam is attributed by means of a mark expressed out of thirty. In evaluating the exam, the determination of the final grade takes into account the following elements:
1. ability to investigate and acquire data.
2. critical observation.
3. ability to synthesize
4. use of adequate language
The satisfaction of aspects no. 1-2 is a necessary condition for achieving a rating of 18/30. Grades above 25/30 will be awarded to students whose tests satisfy all four aspects listed above. To achieve a score of 30/30 cum laude, the student must instead demonstrate that they have acquired an excellent knowledge of all the topics covered during the course.


Didactic material provided by the teacher

More Information

Educational material available to students : CD / memory stick, containing all PPT presentations of lectures and documents, both general and specific, on the topics covered (articles, catalogs, geological maps, stratigraphic schemes, websites, etc.).

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