UDA teachers collaborate in the organization of the future exhibition rooms of the new Regional Museum | Digital medium The Northern Fox

  • Academics and researchers from the Faculty of Natural Sciences contribute knowledge for the preservation and exhibition of the objects that will configure the Geology, Geography, Paleontology and Biodiversity rooms in the new Atacama Regional Museum, the largest built in regions.

In the house of the Matta Goyenechea brothers, a National Historical Monument, which since 1982 has housed the premises of the Atacama Regional Museum, and in the presence of members of the Advisory Council of the Department of Chemistry and Biology of the University of Atacama, the project that will give life to the largest regional museum in Chile, built outside of Santiago.

The building will be located in Alameda Manuel Antonio Matta, will have 3 floors and two basements, reaching a total area of ​​6,445 m2. The work involves an investment of 10 billion pesos, financed through the National Fund for the Development of the Atacama Region FNDR.

Dr. Guillermo Cortés Lutz, director of the Atacama Regional Museum, led the presentation that gave an account, not only of the innovative technical and structural aspects that make up the work of the new building, such as energy efficiency and design; but also presented the museology -the mission and vision- and museography -how the collections are arranged- of the future heritage exhibition. “We currently have an archaeological and historical exhibition, but it does not account for the set of heritage assets of the region” commented the Atacameño researcher and writer.

Regarding the collaboration offered by the Department of Chemistry and Biology of the Faculty of Natural Sciences of the University of Atacama, Cortés Lutz said that they have held interviews with academics and researchers from the unit “They have been giving us information mainly for the Geology, Geography, Paleontology and Biodiversity. They are already cooperating with us with this and we want to continue this work by asking them for indications on how to better preserve the goods in the collections”.

How to protect the objects of the current collections and those recently acquired from risk agents such as exposure to light or temperature, is the subject of the joint work carried out today by the faculty of the University of Atacama with the museum team. But in addition to this technical advice, a joint agenda is projected in the dissemination of natural sciences in an interactive way in the new venue.

Klaus Bieger, academic of the Department of Chemistry and Biology of the UDA explained that since chemistry is the basis of the subject “It can be contributed in all areas in terms of the arrangement and care of objects. In a more technical aspect, we can also account for how metallurgy processes are produced, for example. We can also advise on developing experiments for children who visit the room, to make it more interactive”

In the year 2021, the Advisory Council of the Department of Chemistry and Biology was constituted, in order to ensure and promote the link between the academy and the environment. The instance is made up of representatives from different areas of scientific and social work in the region, including the director of the Atacama Regional Museum.

In this context, Misul Merino Montero, deputy director of the Department of Chemistry and Biology and President of the Council, referred to the participation of the scientific and teaching team in the progress of the project that will give life to the new museum. “It will allow to generate actions in conjunction with the Atacama Regional Museum. Activities that promote the transfer of knowledge to the Atacameño society,” said the academic from the University of Atacama.

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UDA teachers collaborate in the organization of the future exhibition rooms of the new Regional Museum | Digital medium The Northern Fox


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