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Rescuing UFMG’s museum collection

Divulgação/Corpo de Bombeiros/Agência Brasil

The quick response of the Collection Preservation Management Commission of the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG) has proven fundamental to rescuing technical reserve collection 1 of the university’s Natural History Museum and Botanical Garden (MHNJB), struck by a fire on June 16. The five rooms damaged by the fire held items related to popular art, archaeology, paleontology, ethnography, botany, and zoology. The day after the fire, after the Federal Police had performed a 3D scan (see Pesquisa FAPESP issue no. 293) of the burned structure and collected samples for analysis, an emergency group comprised of museology, archaeology, and conservation professionals began removing the collection from the site and recording, packaging, and reorganizing the material.