The Experimental Laboratory of Museology & Education (LEME) has for mission the implementation of a new understanding of the place of exhibition resources in different educational contexts.

The use of exhibitions is a common practice at schools in Portugal (pre-school, basic and secondary levels), inserting itself in the development of teaching activity, not only in the context of different disciplines, as an expression of school activities and extension, but also as an action of museums and school museological units themselves.

The LEME action is oriented not only on the issue of exhibition as a resource for teaching / learning but also for the improvement of scholar museums. Some of these museums are already acting in an innovative and participatory way, but others act yet as the result of decades of previous policies that led to the establishment of museums and museum centers in most High Schools and Commercial and Industrial Schools across the country.

The formal, pedagogical and communicational quality of exhibition models used falls far short of what could represent this feature of teaching / learning. Also from the point of view of ICT (information and communication technologies) use, the exhibitions in schools and pre-schools, fall short of what would be recommended, existing a vast scope to increase their impact on quality and pedagogical innovation.

As for the point of view of territorial impact, LEME aims to act throughout the country, involving in its activity a large number of pre-school and school institutions with which will establish the necessary partnerships and, on the other hand, setting a network for the dissemination of best practices suited to different socio-economic realities of each institution.

Considering that in the perspective of Sociomuseology, the expository function of museology and museological actions focuses on the primacy of the concept of educational/training process, the LEME acts in the field of participative exhibiting innovation, essentially understood as an educational/procedural resource.

That is, the “exhibition” is first viewed as a process and secondly as a product.

The exhibiting innovation applies not only to the traditional exhibition spaces, with particular focus in schools (classrooms, courts, playgrounds) as well as the establishment’s adjacent outdoor spaces, such as streets, squares, green spaces.

Priority areas of action aim:

  • To assess teaching staff and early childhood educators exhibiting literacy;
  • To identify needs that may determinate the development of new products and processes providing results and supporting its implementation on the ground;
  • To develop exhibiting methodologies for specific projects developed in school contexts and non-formal education/learning;
  • To disseminate exhibiting resources, particularly in the field of new technologies of information and communication;
  • To promote a permanent reflection on communication processes in schools with particular focus in the fields of exhibition and museology, seeking to clarify its own transversal concepts and methodologies.

The LEME will support the following workshops:

  • Participant Experience
  • Exhibiting
  • Multimedia (digital video)
  • Project Management
  • Museological
  • Patrimonial Education, Oral History.