New digital museum for Lagoa

in News · 23-12-2019 12:06:00 · 0 Comments

The Câmara de Lagoa, in the Algarve, intends to tell the history and evolution of the municipality through the Citizenship Museum (MuCid), a digital museum project that will be installed in the old Paços building of the county.

"This is an unprecedented and differentiating project in the country, to tell the story of the construction of the county and praise citizenship as a mark of Lagoa," project coordinator Sandra Generoso told Lusa agency.

According to the official, the main objective of the digital museum "is to enhance cultural memory and open the doors to citizens, turning it into a pole of educational knowledge for the next generations."

The museum space will be housed in the old building of the City Hall - which was without any activity, and will be requalified -, with the recovery works budgeted at 300 thousand Euros, an investment fully supported by the municipality.

The property, a hermitage built in the eighteenth century, was acquired in 1859 by the Lagoa City Council to install the house of the citizenship of Lagoa and had several functions throughout its history, becoming a prison establishment.

“It is an emblematic building with a huge historical load, which the museum will certainly bring to life, presenting the entire history of the county's political ideas, governance and citizenship,” said Sandra Generoso.

The MuCid coordinator added that the new museum space will present the history of "structuring concepts in today's society, including freedom, constitution, democracy, local government and municipalism."

"Lagoa intends to build important tools of a historical and pedagogical nature and put them at the service of training citizens," said the official, stressing that it is "a museum with a concept."

Sandra Generoso predicts that the opening of MuCid to the public could take place in 2021, with several spaces equipped with technological resources "to tell the whole story of the county".

The installation of the project is being coordinated by anthropologist Paulo Lima, who participated in the elaboration of various application processes for UNESCO's Intangible Heritage of Humanity, such as fado, Alentejo singing and rattle art.

Speaking to Lusa, Paulo Lima said that the museum intends to show the historical collection of political and social movements "starting with the municipality of Lagoa and expanding, not only in Portugal but in other parts of Europe and the world.."

According to the anthropologist, “Lagoa and its citizens have had various influences” throughout history and this project “aims to show this identity as a people”.

Basically, he said it is about “showing how he was born, his influence and how Lagoa evolved until today”, explaining the existence of “objects and influences in certain places and how they got there”.


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