NÚCLEU MUSEOLÓGICO OF  ALFAIA AGRÍCOLA

NÚCLEU MUSEOLÓGICO OF  ALFAIA AGRÍCOLA

The “Núcleo Museológico da Alfaía Agrícola” of Estremoz was born from small samples of agricultural implements in the “Ferias de Artesanía” of Estremoz, which led to a major exhibition at the “Feria internacional Agropecuaria y de la Artesanía” of Estremoz, the which took place from 1st to May 8th 1987, where they were exposed more than 4000 pieces collected by Mr Crispim Vicente Serrano (Official CME)

It is relevant the valuable work of collection in the ”Houses of Lavoura” of the region made by Mr Crispim, who knew exactly what he wanted to improve and complete the collection, as well as where to find the parts. A CME team, led by the official authority in the ”Horta do Quiton”, made a fantastic job of recovering the pieces. From this space were transferred about four thousand pieces to an EPAC empty property, located at Rua Serpa Pinto.In just 15 days the professor Joaquim Vermelho, with the help of workers from the CME rode a temporary exhibition in the aforementioned property, which was then presented for one FIAPE more.However, by manifest will of the community and authority, this vast exposure went from temporary to permanent, leaving the same building as the Museo da Alfaia Agrícola.Meanwhile a committee of the Alfaia Agrícola was already active, where a group of citizens of Estremoz concerned with the disappearance of local memory at the level of agriculture, unite their efforts to boost culturally the space and put pressure on the local, regional and national for not to stop act in ways that an important and significant symbol did not disappear.Through this pressure, and always with an active action of the Authority, the Department of Ethnology of the Portuguese Institute of Cultural Heritage, sent to Prof. Dr. Henrique Coutinho Gouveia to study the possibility of making this vast collection a Museum of Regional Art. In March 1989, the study ends and comes one project proposal for approval. For various reasons, the project has no realization whatsoever.Meanwhile, the Museum sees recognized the status of ”Manifesto de Interés Cultural”, from the Regional Secretariat of Culture, which allowed, theoretically, allow to the ”Mecenato” cultural, situation that is never reflected in reality.In the 90s in Estremoz ran a course of Heritage and Museology at the EPRAL, whose aim was to link the students to the museum, learning museology through this institution. At this point it is noteworthy the always proactive intervention of Prof. Joaquim Vermelho.The January 18th 1996, was the deed of incorporation of the ETMOZ, Ethnographic and Cultural Association of Estremoz, whose goal was to support and encourage the collection, preservation, recovery and investigation of the cultural and environmental heritage of the communities in the region. This association, which was formally the Commission of Alfaía Agrícola, stayed to manage the museum through a protocol that did with the CME, stop being just an entity which breathed the new space. This protocol derived in other forms of cooperation in 2003, remaining the authority from this date to the management of collections and the building.Here took place, from 1998, activities related to primary schools and kindergartens through a partnership between the Rural Schools Project and ETMOZ, a project that lasted until 2002.For security reasons the building was closed to visitors in April 2004. In 2010, during the second semester, the collection of the Museum Centre began to be transferred to a storehouse of the EPAC located in the Agrigénese.

Address: Largo D.Dinis, 7100 Estremoz
Town: Estremoz
Country: Portugal
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