Gualdo Tadino

Museo Regionale dell'Emigrazione "Pietro Conti"

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Via della Repubblica 15 - 06024 Gubbio
The museum is housed within the Palazzo del Podesta environments, in the historic center of Gualdo Tadino, a town located in the north-east of Umbria, near the border with Marche.

The location of the museum was the former residence of the Podesta: today it remains the massive Civic tower oh the thirteenth-century to which the Baroque lantern was added at the top of it. The museum was created to recover the migratory experience memory and to tell the story of people leaving " very distant lands" to provide the world : youth, labor, trade and culture. Museum does it through voices, sounds, images, documents and objects.
Museum of Emigration of Gualdo Tadino, called Peter Conti, the first president of the Regione of the Umbria, is also the first in Italy entirely devoted to this subject. It has a unique collection providing documentary materials on Italian emigration since the end of the nineteenth century up to the sixties of the twentieth century. The museum is also a research center that deals with the emigration Umbrian research. It plays the role as a laboratory teaching and there are many schools partecipating in this project. A lot of publications are also produced on the subject. The documentation center also includes a video library that collects videos, documents, news reports reordered and catalogued. Also the RAI has contributed to the implementation of this duplicating material and yielding to the museum everything about this topic. Some other foreign television stations did the same, with the aim of acquiring much material as possible to establish a national reference audiovisual center. The library collects all the texts and volumes related to migration, with particular regard for Italian migration abroad. The museum is backwards: the arrival, stay and departure. The first section carries the visitor immediately into the lives of emigrants abroad, the community , food, religion, employment, with particular regard to the reconstruction of work in the iron mines and coal. The protagonist of the second section is the theme of the trip: rare and moving images of transatlantic crossings, monitors emerging from old cardboard suitcases and antique chests, sound bells that tell valuable evidence of travel difficult and dangerous aboard slow and overcrowded vessels. And, finally, the third area, dedicated to the departure and the reasons that motivated millions of Italians to emigrate to foreign lands: the difficulties of integration, the production of many documents not to be rejected at the border, the identity cards with fingerprints, passports, certificates of good health.