Marvila and Beato Interpretive Centre was created in the Marvila Library, in Lisbon, through a participatory approach in which the local community was called to intervene actively (Participatory Inventory). In the centre digital equipments it is possible to explore, in a playful and flexible way, several contents related to the history of the parishes of Marvila and Beato, including the 220 small videos in which the old residents talk about their life experiences in Marvila and Beato linked with the local cultural heritage.
Through a participatory approach in which the local community was called to intervene actively, the Marvila and Beato Interpretive Centre was created in the Marvila Library gathering in it knowledge about the tangible and intangible cultural heritage of this territory and making it available to the public in an appealing, playful and innovative way.
An Organizing Committee was constitued with residents from various districts of Marvila and Beato, representatives of local institutions and associations, researchers from the ICS-University of Lisbon and Lisbon Municipality workers.
This Centre contains two interactive digital devices: a timeline and a digital table. In the interactive table the research is done through a map with 140 points marked, each one with information (texts, photos and videos) about elements of the cultural, material and immaterial heritage, of the two parishes.
- About 1000 photos from 3 sources:
- Ancient photos from National and Municipal Archives (Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Biblioteca Nacional, Arquivo Municipal de Lisboa, etc.)
- Current photos from Lisbon Municipality photographers (taken on purpose for this project)
- Old photos from residents and Local institutions archives
- 220 small videos made from the long term 38 interviews with residents about their life experiences in Marvila and Beato – each video is about one Cultural Heritage element (tangible or intangible) of this territory told by the people that live there.
- Historical and sociological descriptions of each of the 140 cultural heritage elements in Portuguese and English.