I.S. Fossati-Da Passano (La Spezia), with the consent of the Direction of the Technical Maritime Museum of La Spezia, Seacaptain A. Polacci, is working on a project called “Let’s adopt a museum” whose aim is the translation of the captions of the museum exhibits to allow foreign visitors a full appreciation of them.

What you find here is the work done by students in the 2010/11 and 2012/13 school years and refers to a selection of exhibits in the “Marconi showcase”.

These objects tell the story of the radio in Italy and of its development thanks to Guglielmo Marconi and to the crucial contribution of the Italian Navy (then Royal Navy).

La Spezia Maritime Military Arsenal had a decisive role in this development by acting as a centre for research and experimentation and by actually becoming the first Italian radiotechnical firm.

The captions have been translated by the students of classes 4A and 4B of the linguistic branch while the graphic layout has been edited by the students of classes 4A, 3Q and 3R of the IT branch, who have also created a sort of virtual museum on the website

The coordinator of the project was Dr Liviana Ferdeghini and the following teachers: Antonella Bernabò (English), Silvio Cerliani (Physics), Elena Melosci (German), Angela Pagliana (French), Anna Maria Visicchio (French), Maria Grazia Zignego (English), Roberta Gerboni, Cristina Vannucci, Cristiano Rocchetta and Isabella Brunetti (Computer science) took part in the project. The Spanish translations have been done by Patrizia Fattori.

The project has been carried out with the technical support of the Radio Amateurs Association (La Spezia group), whose members have given the students a deep insight into the history of the radio and into the technical functions of the devices whose captions they have translated.

Rolf Marschner and Heinrich Busch must be acknowledged for technical consultancy in German and Maurizio Papucci for the photographies. The Marconi Foundation from Pontecchio (Bo) must be acknowledged for providing documents concerning Guglielmo Marconi’s life and work.