Article by Maria Teresa Tozzi
The workshop “… I present you a museum. Archaeology Audience Museums” took place at the University Roma Tre – School of Letters Philosophy and Languages on the 14th December 2017. The meeting was organized by the course of Archaeology History and Roman art, in collaboration with ICOM-Lazio and several museums.
The International Council of Museums (ICOM) is the only international organization representing museums and museum professionals. Since 1946, ICOM has assisted members of the museum community in their mission to preserve, conserve and share Cultural Heritage. ICOM also takes advice from institutional partners to achieve its objectives.
The workshop was a great opportunity of comparison between ICOM and the academia. Students were protagonists, because they did researches about several archaeological museums of Rome.
The works concerned little known archaeological museums, such as Antiquarium of Lucrezia Romana, the Antiquarium and Archaeological site of the Villa dei Quintili, the APR museum (Archaeology for Rome), Aristaios museum and Casal de’ Pazzi museum.
The researches were related to the history of museums and to the relationship between museums and visitors or residents. Future improvement ideas have also been floated and “food for thought” have been proposed to museum Directors.
The museums are very linked with the territory, because they have been founded for their districts and to preserve the archaeological objects discovered.
At the same time, several criticisms have been reported, such as inadequate advertising and difficulty to reach the museums.
In the future, other similar events will be organized to maintain a close relationship between ICOM, University and territory.
Finally, 2018 has been designated European year of Cultural Heritage and archaeology will play an important role in Italy.