Festivais Gil Vicente
Festas da Cidade e Gualterianas
Festivais Gil Vicente
Festas da Cidade e Gualterianas
Festivais Gil Vicente
Festas da Cidade e Gualterianas
A Oficina
Centro Cultural Vila Flor
Centro Internacional das Artes José de Guimarães
1. Casa da Memória de Guimarães
Centro de Criação de Candoso
Teatro Oficina
Educação e Mediação Cultural
1. Casa da Memória de Guimarães
A Oficina
Centro Cultural Vila Flor
Centro Internacional das Artes José de Guimarães
Centro de Criação de Candoso
Teatro Oficina
Educação e Mediação Cultural
2. Loja Oficina

Associated with a specific territorial space (country, region or city), and including all the immaterial aspects that defines it as a place, the Casa da Memória (House of Memories) – which in this case, is of Guimarães – views the local territory as its initial starting point. For local residents it is a space of knowledge and recognition (the “memories” include objective and subjective remembrance and reminiscence). For visitors, it i s a place of discovery and interpretation of what has become memory (fulfilled in this case as a construction and a transmission).

In both cases it is a space of citizenship, where we can meet each other as individuals and as a community, a space of projection, where we talk about everything we desire, a space of knowledge, where we don’t just learn through study and interpretation, but also through our relationships or the associations that are proposed, which include similarity and difference (which makes it possible to locate the territory in the world, including that which makes it equal and that which distinguishes it), remembrance and forgetfulness (understanding memory as a form of selectivity), permanence or passage (as generators of different depths of memory). This House of Memory thus serves as a meeting place for past representations and future imaginations of the individual and place, the community and the territory. A place where, by understanding things, we also avoid forgetting things, and remember that which is known and transmitted. People will thereby become more tolerant, wiser and as a result even more human. This premise is materialised in the Territory and Community exhibition.




The Territory axis is organised across three segments: maps, representation and utopia. This organisation enables us to understand memory as an attempt and objectification process (through maps), as subjectivity (through representation of space) and as projection (through our imagination). On the other hand, Guimarães, as a territory, is understood in terms of its maps, representations or images (in a metaphorical sense) and by its own imaginary universes and utopian projection.

UNIT 1: Maps and Territory of Guimarães

The chronological reading of the history of humanisation in the territory of Guimarães offers a linear reference to become familiar with the landmarks that shape the region and understand the evolution of its geographical transformations. Over time, the dimensions of the territory of Guimarães have changed, as the demarcated space of the municipality has gained and lost physical surface at different moments in time. While the Historic Centre, classified by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, is the epicentre of Guimarães, the rivers and watercourses also define the dynamics of the municipality’s growth and development.

UNIT 2: Guimarães Represented

There are different representations - and motivations - that convey the perception and memory of a territory over time. Documents that establish laws and norms, such as a Charter or classification of the Historic Centre by UNESCO, the transmission of a specific subjectivity through films or photographs, personal notes in a daily notebook or an artist’s drawing, reading the stories which were prohibited by the sensors, there are many stories and memories that Guimarães stores and that they store in relation to Guimarães.

UNIT 3: Utopias and Other Futures

Thinking of utopia in terms of memory involves an apparent contradiction, because memory refers to the past, and utopia projects future. The idea of utopia is a fictional projection of an imaginary place, without a concrete physical reference, whose society is distinct from that which is familiar to us. A utopia is sometimes a proposal for an idealised and unattainable future. Thinking about a territory in terms of the present, the past and the future involves establishing connections between past memories and future utopias. In Guimarães, there have been several “future projects” that were never carried out and that, if they were, would have transformed the municipality into another place. And because memory is situated, has a specific context, and is constantly being built, future scenarios can also be created and played in the Casa da Memória (House of Memory).




The organisation of the Community axis is structured across curiosities, objects, biographies and testimonies. This axis helps us understand individual and collective memories as a process of unification and differentiation of a community, the memory of objects as part of the city's historical memory and sensorial memories as a form of knowledge and interpretation. On the other hand, Guimarães is understood in terms of its relationship with local residents or visitors, by the symbolism of the things that belonged to people whose lives developed in Guimarães and by the availability of data that makes it possible to create non-linear memories of the city.

UNIT 4: Atlas of Curiosities

This Atlas contains a set of objects and facts that enable us to learn curious aspects about the community in Guimarães. The official statistics provided by databases characterise it, while the popular vernacular listings make us smile due to their peculiarities. The symbol “Aqui Nasceu Portugal” (Portugal was born here) coexists with a panoply of shiny advertisements that, day and night, enliven the communal spaces in the municipality. What memory aids do the people living in Guimarães depend upon? What memories do sounds and smells bring to you?

UNIT 5: Memory Objects

Each object can be read as a repository of individual and collective memories. Certain objects represent great deeds of the past – such as the glory of a King linked to a sword. Other objects, such as a flower pot in a cemetery, reveal personal tragedies. Others remind us of everyday aspects of our lives - such as a gas canister or a pair of shoes. The memory of objects from Guimarães reaches us from a broad temporal arc: from prehistory to the foundation of the nation, of Rural Societies and Festivities, to Industrialisation of the Ave valley, to the Contemporary era. Several video tutorials teach us something, through objects from the different periods represented: convent sweets, the sound of drums used in the Nicolina festivities, the folding of sheets, and sports imagery linked to Guimarães football club - Vitória Sport Clube.

UNIT 6: Historical Biographies

Fifty biographies of people who were born in, or adopted by, Guimarães, who, from the early years of occupation of the territory until the recent past, have asserted themselves in several areas - assuming important roles in the History of Guimarães and beyond.

UNIT 7: Memories and Testimonies

Life experiences and stories mark our individual character. They also mark the way in which we integrate ourselves into the communities to which we belong and with which we connect, permanently or sometimes merely temporarily. The same question was posed to sixty members of this community: What is your most remarkable memory of Guimarães? The question serves as the common denominator for the widest possible segment of people and their relations with Guimarães – those born here, inhabitants, people passing through, visitors, travellers, tourists - but also as a means of enhancing a vast and diverse array of responses and relations with the city and its public and private spaces.



Technical credits


Propriedade, promoção e coordenação geral

Câmara Municipal de Guimarães

Coordenação executiva e conceito


[Joana Meneses Fernandes, Eduardo Brito, Isabel Reis, Ana Pedrosa]

Investigação e conteúdos


[Inês Moreira, Sofia Romualdo, Ana Bragança, Francisco Brito, Sara Moreira]

Design expositivo e gráfico

Studio Andrew Howard

[Andrew Howard, Rita Carvalho, João Oliveira, Pedro Pina, Gustavo Fernandes, Sofia Rato, Afonso Borges, Síncrono – illuminação]

Autores convidados

Ana Aragão

Gonçalo M. Tavares

Tito Mouraz

Produção executiva

A Oficina

[Pedro Silva, Catarina Pereira, Hugo Dias, Inês Oliveira, Jaime Guimarães, Miguel Barbosa]

Plataforma de criação de paisagem urbana

Jeremy Hugh Aston

Produção vídeo


[Célia Machado, Rafael Lino]

Os Fredericos

Produção fotográfica

Miguel Oliveira

Paulo Carvalho


Alvaro Negrello

Reproduções 3D


[Filipe Noronha, Ivo Mariano]

Alvaro Negrello

Multimédia e tecnologia


Power Focus

Equipamento expositivo


Impressão gráfica

Digipress – Edição Electrónica de Impressos

Lúmen – Design/Imaging

Xirobloc – Comunicação e Imagem


TT Minho – Traduções Técnicas do Minho

Alexander D. Kilpatrick
Colaborações e agradecimentos

Arquivo Nacional Torre do Tombo

Cinemateca Portuguesa –

Museu do Cinema

Direção Geral do Património Cultural – Arquivo de Documentação Fotográfica

Instituto Geográfico Português

Centro de Informação Geoespacial do Exército

Centro Português de Fotografia

Fundação de Serralves

ASPA – Associação para a Defesa do Património Arqueológico, Braga

Museu Nogueira da Silva, Braga

Biblioteca Nacional do Rio de Janeiro

Sociedade Martins Sarmento

Biblioteca Municipal Raul Brandão

Arquivo Municipal Alfredo Pimenta

Muralha – Associação de Guimarães Para a Defesa do Património

Museu da Agricultura de Fermentões

Santuário de São Torcato

AAELG – Velhos Nicolinos

Cineclube de Guimarães

Grupo Moretextile



Pastelaria Costinhas

Pastelaria Clarinha

Vitória Sport Club

Paço dos Duques de Bragança

Museu de Alberto Sampaio

Centro Internacional das Artes José de Guimarães

Casa Museu Abel Salazar

Associação Comercial e Industrial de Guimarães

Universidade do Minho

Associação Artística da Marcha Gualteriana

Versão Infinita – Artigos de decoração

Banco Português de Germoplasma Vegetal


Prof. Doutora Maria Augusta Babo (FCSHUNL)

Doutor Eduardo Pires de Oliveira

Drª Maria Helena Trindade (MNS)

Dr. Rui Vítor Costa (Muralha)

Prof. Doutora Alice Duarte (FLUP)

Professor Carlos Mesquita (Cineclube de Guimarães)

Carolina Vieira (Bobine Super 8 São Torcato)

Eng.º Daniel Oliveira e restante equipa (UM)

Dra. Daniela Xavier (Moretextile)

Dª. Elvira (Pastelaria Costinhas)

Família de Maria da Conceição de

Oliveira Mota Pinto dos Santos

Dra. Francisca Abreu

Prof. Doutor Gonçalo Leite Velho (IPT)

Dra. Inês Pereira (VSC)

Dra. Isabel Fernandes (Paço dos Duques de Bragança)

Joaquim Fernandes (Mundifios)

Joaquina Campos

Dr. João Sousa Pinto (Casa Museu Abel Salazar)

Jorge Correia (Loja e Armazém de Brinquedos)

Dr. Luís Farinha Franco (Biblioteca Nacional)

Eng. Manuel Martins e restante equipa (ACIG)

Dra. Manuela Silva

Dra. Marta Melo (Delegação Norte da Alzheimer Portugal)

Dr. Miguel José Teixeira (historiador)

Dr. Nuno Faria (CIAJG)

Prof. Doutor Paulo Cruz (UMinho)

Dr. Paulo Vieira de Castro e Direção e equipa da Sociedade Martins Sarmento

Prof. Doutor Pedro Bandeira (UMinho)

Dr. Ricardo Gonçalves (VSC)

Dra. Rosa Saavedra (Museu Alberto Sampaio)

Dr. Rui Azevedo (Moretextile)

Dr. Rui J. Lopes Faria (historiador)

Dra. Susana Medina (FEUP)

João Neves (Velhos Nicolinos)


Adélia Faria

Agostinho Silva

Bela Alves

Carla Santos

Conceição Ferreira

Cristina Vilarinho

Fernanda Braga

Gaspar Carreira

Isabel Oliveira

João Barbosa

João Leite

José Manuel Alves

José Ribeiro

Sameiro Fernandes

Tutorial Nicolinos

Alexandra Cerqueira

António Araújo

Jaime Filipe

João Neves

João Vicente Salgado

José Almeida

José M. Almeida Fernandes

José Maia

Luís Mendes Almeida

Mário Gonçalves

Paulo Fernandes

Paulo Gonçalves Soares

Tiago Simães

Família Martins Aldão pela cedência do local (Quinta de Aldão)

Conceição Clavel pela orientação na Quinta de Aldão

AAELG Velhos Nicolinos pela disponibilidade pela Torre dos Almadas Irmandade de S.Nicolau pela disponibilidade da Capela de S.Nicolau

Tutorial Doces Conventuais

Rosário Ferreira

Clara Ferreira

Pastelaria Clarinha

Tutorial Indústria Têxtil

Rui Azevedo

Daniela Xavier

Grupo Moretextile

Tutorial Claques do Vitória

Tazo (Vice-Presidente da Claque White Angels) e restante claque

Marco (Presidente da Claque Suspeitos do Costume)

Lobo (Presidente da Claque Insane Guys)


Maria Carlos Mesquita

Jorge Diogo Leite

Tiago Magalhães

José Balinha

Pilar Pastor

Cláudia Martins

Daniele Burattini

Sylvie Oliveira Pinheiro

Emília Araújo

Rafaela Salvador

Joana Gama

Ana Zita Lopes

Liliana Ribeiro

Tazo (Anastácio Lima Pereira)

Fabian Jubbega

João Guimarães

Tiago Simães

Joy Hanford

Maria Luís Neiva

Rodrigo Areias

Andreia Martins

Zong Mei

Álvaro Dinis Mendes

Hélder Guimarães

Oliver Pazo

Mário Carvalho

Delia Pereira de Carvalho

José Sousa

Paulo Bessa

Alexandra Oliveira

Paulo Cruz

Luís Ribeiro

Neno (Adelino Barros)

Maria José Marques

José Garcia

José Carlos Oliveira

Anastácia de Oliveira

Vasco Manuel Carneiro Bastos

Egídio Pinheiro

Manuel Leite da Silva

Dimitri Nikolov

António Júlio Freitas Novais

Augusta Ribeiro

Maria Fátima Costa

Maria Manuel Oliveira

Joaquim Fernandes

Margarida Fernandes

João Matos

Manuel Roriz Mendes

Francisca Abreu

Ivo Martins

Abel Pereira

Carlos Mesquita

António Magalhães

Fortunato Frederico

Raimundo Fernandes

Conceição Lemos

José Freitas Abreu

António Emílio Ribeiro

Avelino Ferreira



Technical credits
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