Discovering the Archives of the Fabbrica means entering the “heart” of the Duomo and of Milan recalling, minute by minute, a great people path along more than six centuries.The Cathedral story is composed of thousands personal stories that, generation after generation, have twisted together in a single image: the Monument one, symbol of the city in the world.
All of this is contained in the most precious treasure chest of the Milanese identity: the Archives of the Veneranda Fabbrica, which include over half a million documents, whose oldest cards are dating from the 12th century.
Archives are often places unknown to youngsters. They are not museum, or libraries. They contain ancient historical documents and more recent papers with specific characteristics and tell a story that must be read and interpreted, no less fascinating than a work of art, however.
A new service has been set up for the 2014/2015 school year; the Archives offer upper secondary school students five new educational lessons in direct contact with the documents, guided by an archivist who is specialized in teaching.
The students will discover the various types of documents on differing media (paper, parchment, glass plates, photographs) and of differing kinds (papal bulls, codexes, registers, wills, musical scores.Classes may be customized with teachers.
Each workshop will last 2 hours and cost € 100,00 for each class.