The Municipality of Faro and the Diocese of Algarve signed on September 7th, as part of the City Day celebrations, a protocol that provides for the installation of the Press Museum in the former space of Tipografia União.
The creation of a museum center dedicated to the press in the city of Faro, on a permanent basis, «will guarantee the safeguarding, valorization and communication of the graphic heritage resulting from the activity of the Tipografia União workshop, simultaneously making known the fact that it was Faro the birthplace of the press in Portugal, with the printing of the book Pentateuch, in Hebrew, on June 30, 1487».
The municipality recalls that the study for the creation of this museum space was awarded to the University of Algarve (UAlg), with three phases planned for its completion. In the first, already completed, the collection and inventory of documentary and industrial assets was carried out, with the identification of necessary conservation and preservation measures and budgeting, work that took place with the support of the Municipal Museum of Faro and its technical team, in a multidisciplinary effort between Museum, Library and Urbanism and UAlg.
From this work, a preliminary exhibition program was also created, with content definition and suggested pieces, a proposal for spaces and functionalities, budgets and resources.
On the municipality's side, progress was made with the diagnosis of the building's condition and proposed intervention, inventory of the estate and organization of Folha de Domingo's documentation, a fact that guarantees progress in the second phase, that is, the study of the creation of the Center Museológico do Mundo da Imprensa a Sul, namely the conceptualization of the site, research into the collection and definition of an expository narrative.
In this sense, interviews and questionnaires will be carried out to identify the target audience for this space, as well as the definition of a proposed experience to be provided during the visit (Scientific Guide).
The third phase will focus on the presentation of results and discussion and the space management model with local agents.
The Chamber of Faro, in turn, will be involved in carrying out the work associated with this initiative and integrated into the project Print Culture Lab: heritage and development, an integrated perspective, as well as in the production of editions, digital infrastructures, audiovisual materials, multimedia programs and thematic exhibitions and, also, in the promotion of initiatives (training actions, courses, meetings and meetings of a scientific nature), which allow the dissemination of the project.
This interdisciplinary and interinstitutional project of scientific research, technological development and cultural action is in harmony with the Regional Strategy for Research and Innovation for the Intelligent Specialization of the Algarve (2014-2020), with the UN Sustainable Development Agenda 2030, as well as the which was defined in the Council of Europe Framework Convention on the value of cultural heritage for society (2005) and in the UNESCO Convention on the World Cultural and Natural Heritage (1972).
Simultaneously, the Municipality of Faro believes that the project will allow the municipality to have another cultural space of great relevance, increasing the attractiveness of the territory.