At the Museum with…Narrated Heritage for Welcoming Museums: An Experience of Storytelling for a Shared Heritage

Rosa Anna Di Lella, Italy

The proposal focuses on the introduction of the project Al Museo con…Patrimoni narrati per musei accoglienti (At the Museum With…Narrated heritage for welcoming museums –, launched in February 2013. The project is coordinated by the National Museum of Prehistory and Ethnography L. Pigorini in cooperation with the National Museum of Oriental Art G. Tucci.

The project aims at developing innovative strategies for the respect of the heritage and original ways to visit museum collections. It also wants to enhance the relationship that the two museums, Pigorini and Tucci, enjoy with the territories of the city of Rome, and with new audiences, in order to build and disseminate alternative and plural narratives.

The project will foster a visit to the collections of the two museums through 6 narrated paths, created within specific narrative and writing workshops, which the public will access through tablets and innovative forms of communication, including the augmented reality.

Al Museo con… intends to increase the accessibility of the museums by promoting alternative forms that allow the visitors to discover their permanent collections, enhancing the participatory and multi-vocal approach to the knowledge of the heritage. In such a way, it will be created a real model for a participatory management through innovative methodologies and contents for cultural enjoyment, with the active contribution of Diaspora communities, young students from a multicultural school and the community of deaf people, all active in Rome.

The contribution proposed will be divided in two parts. In Part 1, the general goals of the project as well as the methodologies to develop its contents will be described. Furthermore, the strategies applied by the working team will be explained, such as:

– The narrative approach. During the first months of the project, students, representatives of Diaspora communities and associations of deaf people will take part in specific storytelling and writing workshops. Along with other qualitative strategies, the workshops aim at building narrated paths to visit the museum collections. The narrated paths will allow the goals of the museum to become more relevant and to bring the museums close to the intellectual and emotional experience of the people involved, giving value to the subjective views of the museums’ visitors.

– The participatory approach. The project aims at promoting dialogical and relational ways to construct heritage values and museum communication methods. The participatory process creates a bridge between different stakeholders who rarely have the chance to exchange views. This also allows a more democratic and inclusive access to the museum collection and tends to increase  forms of joint heritage preservation.

In Part 2 of the contribution, the forms of communication adopted to promote the participation to the workshops will be discussed. The virtual visits to the collections of the museums will be organized according to specific themes starting from the collections exhibited in both museums; they will be conceived as a point of contact between cultural heritage and technological innovation, and will be accessed through innovative ways of communication, including augmented reality, QR code technology and tablets. In such way, the users will be able to make an exciting personal journey, made up by a combination of real elements and three-dimensional elements, merged into a single communication channel.

Finally, the strengths and weaknesses of the project will be discussed.


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