The "Museo Laboratorio della Civilta Contadina" (Museum-workshop of the Peasant Culture) of Matera has been realized by Mr....
The "Museo Laboratorio della Civilta Contadina" (Museum-workshop of the Peasant Culture) of Matera has been realized by Mr. Donato Cascione and it’s managed by the homonym cultural association. It currently has an extension of 500 m2: in its definitive realization it will comprehend the double of the actual area and it will be completed with the workshops, where young people can learn the ancient jobs (cartapestaio, potter, basket-maker, etc.). The exhibition halls preparation has been preceded by years of targeted gathering of daily use objects and tools of various jobs that were the foundation of the economic and social life in the "Sassi" town. A fundamental criterion has inspired the setting out of the environments: the museum didn't had to be a cold exposition of objects but a reconstruction of environments as close as possible to reality, and therefore rooms alive, pleasant, with care for details, where nothing is casual, where young people can have a meaningful contact with the past. The operational phase of the preparation, has been preceded by the study of the most meaningful texts of the "peasant literature", and it has been supported by the enthusiastic consultation of elderly, that lived this history themselves and whose testimony is full of details from personal experience.