RICET members visit Cascais and the village of Santa Isabel

On 1 March, the Chair team was received by the Municipality of Cascais to visit the Village Museum and the Condes de Castro Guimarães Museum.

The Condes de Castro Guimarães Museum is located in the building known as "Torre de S. Sebastião", built by Jorge O'Neill in 1900. The building presents revivalist architecture, recovering and combining styles from the past, transporting our imagination to a fantastic romantic universe. In 1910, the house was purchased by Count Manuel de Castro Guimarães. After his death, in 1927, he left in his will, dated 1924, his entire property, garden, house and all its contents to the Municipality of Cascais, so that it could be constituted as a Municipal Museum-Library. The Museum opened to the public on 12 July, 1931. The collection consists of important paintings, furniture, porcelain, goldsmithing and also small pieces of sculpture, tiles, textiles, hand fans, glass and national and foreign "showcase items". Particularly noteworthy is the Chronicle of El-Rei D. Afonso Henriques (1505) by Duarte Galvão, whose prologue illumination contains the oldest representation of the city of Lisbon.

Located in Paços do Concelho, the Museu da Vila reopened to the public, with a renovated and expanded exhibition and more interactive features for the visitors, offering free entry. At the beginning of the visit, an image of King Carlos welcomes those who are about to begin a journey that will take them to the discovery of the history of the town and the municipality of Cascais from the Neolithic period to the present day. Using attractive multimedia solutions, visitors will be free to navigate the history of Cascais, take photographs portrayed in 1900, listen to some of the most famous hits of (inter)national music on a radio from the 1930s, whose history is related to Cascais or use interactive panels to discover the reality of the municipality in World War II. Among other new features of the renovated museum, visitors may watch history films, provided by the Arquivo Nacional de Imagens em Movimento (National Archive of Moving Images) and the RTP Archive. After having passed through the Sala dos Presidentes (Presidents’ Hall), visitors will dive into an immersive experience to learn about the efforts that Cascais has been developing to become a smart city. In this museum, even the gift shop is historic! The sales area is, in fact, an old grocery store from the mid-20th century, which was restored to regain its former function.

On the last day of work of the Unesco Chair, The City That Educates and Transforms enjoyed the experience of Aldeia de Santa Isabel, a unique intergenerational project where children, youth, adults and seniors intersect in everyday interdependencies and education, promoting social integration and human development.