Post-disaster strategies at the National Museum/Federal University of Rio de Janeiro: rescuing collections and rethinking the role of digital technologies
May 1, 2019 5:00:00 PM
End: May 1, 2019 8:00:00 PM
This seminar will present the post-disaster efforts at the Brazil’s National Museum/Federal University of Rio de Janeiro to recover and expand its collections in a physical and digital way. In September 2018, the main building of the museum, the XIX century Palace of São Cristovão, was destroyed in a devastating fire. In the disaster, four out of six departments (Anthropology, Entomology, Invertebrates as well as Geology and Palaeontology) were severely damaged or destroyed, including working cabinets, collections and exhibits material. In particular, the collections from the Department of Anthropology, and its five sectors: Ethnology, Social Anthropology, Archaeology, Biological Anthropology and Linguistics, were devastated by the fire.