The intervention in the museum, which belongs to the Santa Casa da Misericórdia of São Brás de Alportel and is installed in a palatial building from the 19th century, includes the creation of a sensorial garden and the recovery of several water circulation structures that were deactivated, Lusa Emanuel Sancho.
Among the interventions foreseen in the Faro district museum are the improvement of accesses and the elimination of architectural barriers, but also the recovery of old structures, such as watering courses and tanks, to further integrate the space into the city's experience, stressed the director.
That person highlighted the importance of the rehabilitation works that will be done in the “water circulation” systems that have been deactivated over time and will now allow the recovery of a “great water game, with water channels, irrigation, washing tanks, daisies and a windmill to raise the water”.
“We are going to highly value the old water piping structures that are still here and now we are going to reactivate them”, revealed the museum director, explaining that he will have a device that makes the water move and that will make “children have fun, because it causes a fountain in the middle of the wash tank”.
A “sensorial garden” will also be created with “three beds with an area of ??more than 600 square metres”, an area with “traditional teas” and “aromatic herbs”, and a transparent table will be installed, which “allows you to see the passage of water ”, constituting a“ meditation zone ”, in the shade of a cork oak, was revealed.
The implementation of more accessible information, using Braille, with “language that reaches the widest possible range of people, improving subtitle height, type and font size”, with “audio guide, by mobile phone” are other solutions provided for, which are 90 percent financed by Turismo de Portugal.
“This museum belongs to a line of Portuguese museology that is called social museology. We are always very attentive to local, social and minority issues, so this programme ends up giving us a certain universality and brings minorities to the majority”, he said.
According to Emanuel Sancho, the promotion of the integration of any type of minorities - with physical disabilities, nationality, religions or other - "fits into the philosophy of the museum".
The museum director pointed out that in addition to the collections on display, the museum has a “very intense” participation by the local community, welcoming “various theatre groups, musicals and communities of various nationalities, such as the Ukrainian”, characteristics that he described as “very important” for his “social museology” project.
"We want to make these spaces useful, pleasant and attractive, firstly for the locals, because then tourists will also come with more interest", he concluded.