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PNRR: over 870,000 euro for the Natural History Museum and CSAC

23 February 2023 ore 08:00 - 25 May 2023 ore 17:00

From the Ministero della Cultura, thanks to the PNRR, over 870,000 euros arrive at the University of Parma for the Natural History Museum and the Communication Studies and Archive Centre – CSAC.

In fact, the University has participated with two projects in the ministerial call for proposals for the removal of physical, cognitive and sensory barriers in public museums and cultural venues, with the aim of significantly expanding the accessibility and sharing of its heritage, paying particular attention to issues of sustainability and inclusion.
The two projects, which focused on the renovation of the Natural History Museum and the expanded accessibility of the CSAC’s heritage, were approved for funding for a total of €871,248.

Two projects in detail:
Natural History Museum
The Ministry has granted EUR 500,000 to make the historical and educational collections of the Natural History Museum of the University of Parma accessible in a single integrated collection, breaking down motor, cognitive and sensory barriers to allow all types of audiences access to an independent visit, and also enhancing educational activities. Currently, the accessibility of the museum’s holdings is limited by the spatial dispersion of the collections and educational laboratories over several buildings and several vertical levels, which particularly penalises visitors with mobility impairments. The project will make it possible to create a museum organised to be accessible to all and sundry, with collections also set up to disseminate the principles of biodiversity, environmental protection and the comparison of two cultures. The project will be the driving force behind the intersection of museum collections with debates on sustainability and the role of the scientific community in relation to society.
The proposed intervention consists in the creation of an independent, barrier-free access route on two levels of the University’s Headquarters: on the ground floor, an arrangement will be created along the perimeter corridor, where the collections now decentralised in various plexuses will be relocated; on the first floor, a single entrance will be created, also signalled by a tactile-planar pathway, with stairs and a lift suitable for motor and sensory disabled persons. The sensory and cognitive accessibility of the collections will be improved by using new display cases of a height suitable for children and visitors with wheelchairs, thus enhancing the quality of the visitor experience for the entire public.
Use will be made of digital explanatory aids and augmented reality tools such as LIS video guides, ITA/ENG audio guides, audio guides for the blind, virtual tours, augmented reality characters for children, bilingual panels with interactive displays, touch totems for zooming in on exhibits, digital caption reading, QR codes.
I lavori inizieranno questo mese e termineranno nella primavera del 2024.

Centro Studi e Archivio della Comunicazione – CSAC
The CSAC project received €371,248 and is dedicated to improving the public welcome of the Centre. The Abbey of Valserena, a prestigious venue, has several rooms dedicated to the public, recently further extended with the possibility of visiting part of the archive, but some of them present critical access for differently abled persons The aim of the project is to create an extended and integrated reception system through the provision of effective actions and tools for several types of users. Reception and visitor support services will be improved, including through apps and devices with verbal, written and LIS content. The facility will be equipped with a tracked stair lift for wheeled chairs for access to the basement and mezzanine areas, and a free transport service will also be activated by reservation, suitable for disabled persons.
Laboratory and tactile enjoyment of the collections will be facilitated by using 3D prints of objects in the archive, with the inclusion of devices for activating additional information. Workshop experiences will be planned for adults, children and schools that, starting from the works and narratives of the Museum, will provide an opportunity to update the proposals and be a starting point for an in-depth examination of specific themes, including social ones (homophobia, feminicide, widespread poverty, new slavery, war, psychological distress, etc.).
The expected results are to create an enlarged community around the structure, interactive with it, so that together with the public new knowledge can be generated, consolidating the social and touristic role of the Museum, with economic spin-offs on the territory as well. The work is scheduled for completion by the end of 2023.


23 February 2023 ore 08:00
25 May 2023 ore 17:00
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