archival research and the history of the Venetian Jewish community


THEME: archival research and the history of the Venetian Jewish community

DURATION: 2 hours

TARGET SCHOOLS : three-year second grade secondary schools


The students will be divided into groups and given the name of an institution or an individual belonging to the Venetian Jewish community. Equipped with these, they will search out from the documents provided the ones relevant to reconstructing the story of that person or entity. The documents will be displayed on different tables, each representing an archive, and the groups will be asked to sort through the different archives to locate traces of their assigned subject, before revealing their research results to their companions. The conductor will conclude the session by mapping an overview of the history of the period by drawing together all the stories recovered by the separate groups.


  • to introduce the students to historical research, to the attentive reading of documents and to the peculiarities of different kinds of libraries and archives
  • to bring recent history closer to the students by making them feel personally involved in the process and protagonists of historical reconstruction
  • to familiarise themselves with the history of the Venetian Jewish

community and the many personalities who left their mark on it in the course of the 20th century.

This laboratory has been put together in close collaboration with the Renato Maestro archive

 Cost: €90 up to 15 students, €5 for each extra student

Educational activities are designed for a minimum of 15 students per class up to a maximum of 25 students. 2 accompanying adults are allowed free entry, plus carers, where appropriate, for small or disabled children and those with learning difficulties.