Seminário de Investigação em Museologia dos Países de Língua Portuguesa e Espanhola, I, 2009
A Reorganização das Colecções da Universidade de Coimbra, Museu da Ciência
Pedro Júlio Enrech Casaleiro
AbstractThe science collections of Coimbra University were developed around their eighteenth century core collections, originating in the Pombal University reform. The old collections are very valuable; many are unique and are of international recognized value. Considering the several discipline collections together, they acquire an even greater value, documenting the activity of teaching and research in Coimbra and the history of science in Portugal. The Coimbra Science Museum opened the first phase in 2006 with the recovery of the building, Laboratorio Chimico. The Museum has acquired a high status, confirmed by the numerous awards received since 2007. One of the objectives of the second phase, in the College of Jesus, is to congregate the Coimbra scientific collections in new storage conditions built on the two lower floors of the building. The creation of electronic collection databases follows a steady increase, attaining 6% of all objects and specimens accessioned from the one million estimated. About 21,000 entries are available in the Digital Museum (www.musedaciencia.org), 20% of which have images. This paper presents a brief description of the scientific collections of the University alongside with evaluation of the collections carried out to prepare the preliminary draft for the storage project in the College of Jesus.
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