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Museo di Scienze Naturali "F. Cicognini - G Rodari"  Presentazione in lingua inglese


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As the headmaster of this secondary school I am proud to introduce the website dedicated to the precious Natural Science collections which greatly enrich the scientific endowment of our school. These collections, scrupulously put together and restored in the course of time by our institute through the project named “Natural Science Collections Salvage”, which started in the academic year 2002-03, are optimally preserved and include important findings in the various branches of Natural Science. Many of them date back to the period comprised between the end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century. The actual value of the assets will place this Museum, without doubt, on the same level as the best Natural Science Museums. After years of intense efforts we are finally able, in this academic year 2012-13, to present the collection website, which offers small “bites” of it with the purpose of making a scientific collection of such high cultural value known to the web population and not only to it. The total completion of the scientific collections will mean further undertaking and commitment in the years to come, and will also involve the expertise of the school staff charged with its custody whom I want to thank profusely.

Headmaster of this secondary school "Cicognini Rodari", Mario Di Carlo Ph. D.




The Natural Science collections of the “Cicognini-Rodari” institute, kept at the Liceo Classico Cicognini in Via Baldanzi, comprise several hundred findings, among which wax models of human anatomy, models of plants and flowers to be used in teaching, taxidermic animals, bones and skeletons, fossils, rocks and minerals and ethnographical findings. They are findingss with a marked historical and documentary relevance dating from the end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century - in some cases with a rather artistic value, as with the wax models of human anatomy parts – handed over by the Convitto Nazionale Cicognini situated in Piazza del Collegio, where they were quite possibly intended for teaching Science. The Liceo Classico originally belonged to the Convitto Nazionale Cicognini, so that when the two separated in the ‘70s and the former moved to its current premises in Via Baldanzi, the collections were placed there. The largest section of the collections is made up by taxidermic animals, mainly birds belonging to local species, of which we unfortunately don’t have the year and place of capture. A large part of the assets has been restored during the last ten years through school funds, with the help of specialist firms, the advisory service of the Opificio delle Pietre Dure in Florence, and the supervision of the “Soprintendenza per i Beni Architettonici, Paesaggistici, Storici, Artistici ed Etnoantropologici” (that is the Board of the Ministry for cultural heritage and environment conservation) for the Provinces of Florence, Pistoia and Prato.

Scientific responsible secondary school "Cicognini Rodari", Teacher Giuseppe Meucci



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