Anna Giatti, who was born in Florence in 1966, has been working since 1985 at the “Fondazione Scienza e Tecnica” where she is involved in the conservation and popularisation of the historic scientific collections that are kept there. In particular, she has collaborated in restoring the collection of 19th-century scientific instruments in the Physics Cabinet of the former “Istituto Tecnico” in Florence. These are currently on display at the FirST Museum, which is managed by the “Fondazione Scienza e Tecnica”. The experience that she has thus gained, which is almost unique for such an unusual sector of restoration and in the absence of any sort of specialised training, has enabled her to collaborate in the restoration of scientific instruments belonging to other institutions, and to consolidate always more the techniques and methodology involved.
She has been active as a teacher and tutor for training initiatives (IFTS courses, workshops, Masters degrees) within the sector of the restoration, safeguarding and cataloguing of scientific instruments.
She is also involved in scientific divulgation and the popularisation of the historic scientific heritage, directing her own work towards an efficacious but sustainable use of the said heritage.
In 2013 she received her degree in “Technologies for the conservation and restoration of the cultural heritage”. Her thesis was entitled: “Characterisation of ancient protective varnishes for brass utilized in the manufacture of scientific instruments”.