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    Brazil museum fire: ‘incalculable’ loss as 200-year-old Rio institution gutted

    Brazil’s oldest and most important historical and scientific museum has been consumed by fire, and much of its archive of 20 million items is believed to have been destroyed.


    The fire at Rio de Janeiro’s 200-year-old National Museum began after it closed to the public on Sunday and raged into the night. There were no reports of injuries, but the loss to Brazilian science, history and culture was incalculable, two of its vice-directors said.


    “It was the biggest natural history museum in Latin America. We have invaluable collections. Collections that are over 100 years old,” Cristiana Serejo, one of the museum’s vice-directors, told the G1 news site.


    Marina Silva, a former environment minister and candidate in October’s presidential elections said the fire was like “a lobotomy of the Brazilian memory”.


    Luiz Duarte, another vice-director, told TV Globo: “It is an unbearable catastrophe. It is 200 years of this country’s heritage. It is 200 years of memory. It is 200 years of science. It is 200 years of culture, of education.” TV Globo also reported that some firefighters did not have enough water to battle the blaze.


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    Quite tragic, apparently it was a unique collection.

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    Check for what's not burned but missing.

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    That's a job for TD CSI.

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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    Quite tragic, apparently it was a unique collection.
    I believe it was, Harry.
    What a shame.

    Hopefully, in this day and age, all items of historic significance were electronically [images] archived and documented as to not be lost forever.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HuangLao View Post
    Hopefully, in this day and age, all items of historic significance were electronically [images] archived and documented as to not be lost forever.
    Do you similarly hope that also those 3,000 years old artefacts destroyed and forever lost (or stolen) by wars (please no names here) were electrically archived?

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    There would certainly have been a shitload of photos taken from all angles by Brazilians and foreigners.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Klondyke View Post
    Do you similarly hope that also those 3,000 years old artefacts destroyed and forever lost (or stolen) by wars (please no names here) were electrically archived?
    I believe many were/are, as we began to learn that most things are impermanent.

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    Indeed we do however have rural surins excellent archive of old Siam and Dillys photo-montage of Costermongers

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