Cultural Heritage Open Workshops: Sharing Collaborative Experiences

4th WORKSHOP| Transforming through Art: the«EU no musEU» programme

Virgínia Gomes (Museu Nacional de Machado de Castro / Direção-Geral do Património Cultural)

June 15, 2023, 14h30-17h00

Room 1, CES | Alta + Online


Promotion of Mindfulness. Joint Session  – EU no musEU, session 55, july 2017 | MNMC | © Rita Sousa (Volunteer)



EU no musEU is a cognitive and social stimulation programme for people with dementia and their carers (family members) that transforms them, their families, the teams involved and the members of civil society involved through art.

Why create programmes for people with dementia and their carers in museums?

The demographic realities - Portuguese and European - demonstrate the inversion of the age pyramid and the urgency to support an ageing population group, often active, for whom the so-called inclusion programmes in museums are a means of socialization, cultural democratization and citizenship recovery. The work of art used as a tool to communicate the cultural and personal matrix of these publics can contribute to the promotion of mental health and cultural enrichment.

14h30 - Opening
14h45 - Virgínia Gomes (Superior Technician. Machado de Castro National Museum / Directorate-General of Cultural Heritage)
15h30 - Collaborative roundtable of experiences (moderated by Catarina Almeida Marado and Lorena Sancho Querol)
16h45 - Closing session

Bio note

Virgínia Gomes is curator of the Painting, Drawing and Engraving collections of the Machado de Castro National Museum (MNMC) in Coimbra, since 1993, having produced research on ancient painting and curated several exhibitions, in different areas and with multidisciplinary teams. She coordinates some inclusion projects, especially the "EU in the museum" programme for people with dementia and their informal carers. Created in 2011, this programme has been distinguished and referenced by society and culture bodies in Portugal and the EU and replicated in Viseu in 2018. She graduated in History from FLUL (1983-1987), complemented her academic training with the curricular subjects of History of Art from FLUC (1996-2000) and specialised in augmentative communication with people with dementia, in museums, with a Master's degree in Special Education from ESECS of the Polytechnic Institute of Leiria (2014-2016). She advocates the role of the Museum as an active agent in the promotion of (in)formation for all and with all.


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