News from Hidden Trento

On 19 November 2020, the first walking tour, Innkeepers, princes and migrants,guided by the German innkeeper Ursula, was published by researchers of the Istituto Storico Italo-Germanico, FBK. On 20 October 2021, the team introduced a second tour, The City of the Council, with a new protagonist, Angelo Massarelli, the famous secretariat of the Council of Trent. 

Between the two publications, Hidden Trento reached 2,000 individual users and hit 6,000 visits. 

Hidden Trento has been promoted intensively through a variety of channels. In 2020, the team released an interview by a local radio station (Radio Dolomiti, Senti che Scienza 2020) and in 2021 realized a video with the collaboration of Andrea Franceschini of the Bruno Kessler Foundation Communication and Big Events Office. Thanks to this video, the app has been presented successfully during an event at Palazzo Roccabruna in Trento, an important venue, host of the Chamber of Commerce of Trento and of the Enoteca Provinciale del Trentino (19 October 2021). Two actors involved in the Italian audio recordings, Maria Vittoria Barrella (Ursula) and Giacomo Anderle (Angelo), enriched the occasion by performing some parts of Hidden Trento storytelling. 

Before the publication of the walking tour, Umberto Cecchinato and Alessandro Paris conducted a public beta test for the European Researchers’ Night (Trento, 24 September 2021). Local newspapers widely covered the event. 

The tour The City of the Council – partially financed by the Chamber of Commerce of Trento and the Trento Tourist Board – received the patronage of the Municipality of Trento, which promoted the smartphone app in the public initiative’s programme for Christmas 2020. The app is also disseminated online by the tourist office of the Municipality of Trento

Numerous museums and libraries in the city and in Trentino collaborated in the creation of the two walking tours, including: Castello del Buonconsiglio. Monumenti e Collezioni Provinciali, Museo Diocesano Tridentino, Museo Storico Italiano della Guerra di Rovereto (Tn), Biblioteca Comunale di Trento, Biblioteca Civica “G. Tartarotti” di Rovereto (Tn), Archivio di Stato di Trento, Per Via. Museo Tesino delle Stampe e dell’Ambulantato di Pieve Tesino (Tn). 

The team introduced Hidden Trento on several academic occasions. On 14 September 2020, Enrico Valseriati held a lecture at the Summer School organized by the University of Padua and the University of Warwick Market Spaces. On 15 December 2020, Alessandro Paris presented the app at the Master Degree Course in Media, Arts, Cultures at the University of Teramo. On 18 December 2020, Enrico Valseriati held a second lecture at the Master Degree Course in Historical Communication, Multimedia and Digital Languages at the University of Roma3. On 19 November 2021, Massimo Rospocher and Enrico Valseriati presented Hidden Trento second tour, The City of the Council, at the Master Degree Course in Communication of Cultural Heritage of the University of Naples, Federico II. 

The research team will finally present the contents of Hidden Trento in an open-access publication for FBK Press, planned for 2022. As well as giving a sense of the public history operation and foreshadowing future digital developments for the history of Trento, the book will be of use for educational and didactic purposes in museums and schools. 

Umberto Cecchinato, Alessandro Paris, Massimo Rospocher and Enrico Valseriati 


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