Group 4: 1740 as Seen from the Necrologi

Context The primary source for this project was the register of death records (registro dei Necrologi) from the year 1740 produced by the Provveditori alla Sanità, an office of Venetian government. The purpose of the Necrologi was to monitor public health and to prevent contagion.  The priority of the record keepers was to identify the cause of each death in the city in…

Group 1 : City Functions

Group 1 : City functions First we analysed the information structure of the Catastici and tried to draw the street path of the officer that wrote the register in 1740. For this work we went directly on site in the Rialto district in order to find the actual precise locations of the parcels written in…

Sigurdur Gylfi Magnússon on the Microhistorical approach

What is Microhistory? Sigurdur Gylfi Magnússon started his talk by giving a general overview of the development on the field and insisted on several points : Source material and its subjectivity : All sources material needs interpretation. One the Periphery – The Normal exception : The one who breaks the rule leave traces. Using the microhistorical methods you…

Discovering the State Archives of Venice

On Monday, after the keynote of the director Raffaelle Santoro, the students were guided into the State Archives of Venice by Giovanni Caniato to discover how the 80km of documents are organised in this 300 rooms building. They visited the digitisation center of the archive, and saw the scanners used for different typologies of documents (registry,  large maps of…