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10th Birthday of the Parco Montale (Italy)

Friday, 25 April, 2014 to Sunday, 27 April, 2014
Cristiana Zanasi, curator of the Modena Museum
Alessia Pelillo, organisation and communication
Elisa Fraulini, organisation of the activities
Number of Participants / Visitors / Audience: 
2000 visitors in three days

In the frame of a varied program of openings for the Spring season 2014 (Sundays and Holydays of April, May and June), three days were completely consecrated to the celebration of the important anniversary of the open air museum, with free entrance and special events: from Friday 25th to Sunday 27th of April 2014 (April 25th is the Republic Day in Italy).
On the agenda: thematic guided tours, animated readings inside the reconstructed dwellings with actors, workshops and demonstrations with hands-on activities for families and interaction with craftsmen about different skills for the realization of objects belonging to the bronze age, and archaeological excavations for children. Also, a special philatelic stamp was created for the occasion and several collectors reached the Museum in order to obtain cards and stamps. Finally, also a conference was organised, making the point on the scientific research, but with a special and amazing participant: back to Montale 150 years later, Carlo Boni the first director of the Modena Museum and protagonist of the nineteenth century’s excavations, met and interviewed Professor Andrea Cardarelli, who continued the archaeological research in Montale and is nowadays the biggest expert in Italy about the Terramare culture.
Sunday evening the ceremony ended with a big the throwing of balloons. A little message was attached to the balloons: together with the name of the children throwing there was the invitation to come to visit the Museum freely, under presentation of the attached ticket.
Newspapers and local TV publicized the event with articles and broadcasts.
The important Italian archaeological review ARCHEO published a long article about our Museum with a focus on European projects to which we partecipeted and also OpenArch.

In particular, two activities of these three days has been organised in the frame of the WP 4 project “Smiths in bronze age”:
Friday 25th April, 10 AM – 7 PM, “The village workshops” with experiments on the activities of smiths in the Terramara time presented by the Museum staff’s experts Cavazzuti, Scacchetti, Pellegrini, in particular with a new demonstration about production of bronze swords with sand moulds (pic. …). In connection with the demonstrations, an other part of the Museum staff’s experts (Barbieri) involved children and families in different workshop on metal production: from moulds, to the realization of cupper decorated bracelets.
Sunday 27th April, 10 AM – 7 PM, “The village Sunday”: the Terramara lived with re-enactors developing different techniques, among which bronze casting.


Casting bronze, demonstrations during...
workshop for metal bracelets production for...
candles on the cake under the rain......
preparing the ballons at the Park