School visits to the Archives

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History discovered by primary sources

The State Archives are a precious reservoir of memory thanks to the documents which are preserved within its walls. For over twenty years in Prato, schools have been welcomed at Palazzo Datini to uncover the hidden treasures which make learning about history an exciting journey of discovery.

 

 

The 7 available didactic paths present different documentary typologies and are able to cover a chronological arc that goes from the Middle Ages to the Contemporary Age.

 

 

 

datiniFrancesco di Marco Datini, merchant of Prato

The life and activity of the merchant Francesco Datini (1335-1410) narrated through the original documents kept in the Datini Archive and through the visit of Palazzo Datini, the merchant’s home.

Duration: 2 h – Recommended age: starting from the 5th primary to second level secondary schools

 

 

 

 

scrivereWriting like Francesco

Among the papers of the Datini Archive to discover the books of medieval merchants and learn about their writing, with reading exercises on merchant writing (mercantile signs and writing of short texts in merchant writing).

Duration: 2 h – Recommended age: starting from the 5th primary to second level secondary schools

 

 

 

 

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The Ospedale del Dolce: history of an urban hospital

The history of the hospital of the Dolce from its origins to 1545 through the stories of those who lived for and thanks to the hospital.

Duration: 1 h 30 – Recommended age: starting from the 3rd primary to second level secondary schools

 

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Gettatelli: a history of abandoned children

Thanks to the documents of the Misericordia and Dolce Hospital Fund relating to the Orphanage the biographies of the abundant children are reconstructed.

Duration: 1 h 30 – Recommended age: starting from the 3rd primary to second level secondary schools

 

 

 

 

 

cartografiaHistory and stories of the territory of Prato

Guided tour to discover elements that characterize the territory with archival research.

Duration: 1 h 30 – Recommended age: starting from the 3rd primary to second level secondary schools

 

 

 

 

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Piero Cironi and the Italian Risorgimento The life of Piero Cironi, protagonist of the Risorgimento democratic ideals, through the documents of his archive.

Duration: 1 h – Recommended age: starting from the lower secondary schools

 

 

 

Albero_GenealogicoGenealogical sources

The search for the roots of one’s family or a broader survey of a group of families. Participants will be helped to complete a family tree. It’s what one of our users did, read his story on the Ancestors portal!

Duration: 2 h – Recommended age: starting from the 3rd primary to second level secondary schools

 

 

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Children at the Archives

A workshop, tailor-made for children from the age of five, to learn about the world of archives and documents.

Duration: 1 h 30 – Recommended age: starting from kindergarten to primary schools

 

 

 

 

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The Archive is available to make agreements with Schools or training institutions for short training projects.

Since the 2014/2015 school year the Archive has carried out numerous projects in collaboration with the Prato Institutes. This video is for example the product of the project Alternanza scuola lavoro a.s. 2017/18 of the Liceo delle Scienze Umane Cicognini-Rodari.

 

 

The lessons are customizable and completely free of charge. In order to check the availability in english, please contact:

Chiara Marcheschi

email:  as-po.salastudio@beniculturali.it

tel.:       (+39) 0574 26064