Desirée Nobre

Biographical note

PhD candidate in Museology at the Universidade Lusófona de Humanidades e Tecnologias (ULHT/ Bolseira Cátedra UNESCO Educação, Cidadania e Diversidade Cultural) and PhD candidate in Social Memory and Cultural Heritage at the Universidade Federal de Pelotas (Brazil/ Bolseira CAPES). Master’s Degree in Social Memory and Cultural Heritage (2020). Degree in Occupational Therapy (2017). She carried out an internship in Cultural Accessibility at the Batalha County Community Museum (2015) and a professional residency at the Leiria Museum (2018). Idealizer of the multiformat book project “A casa do conselheiro. Author of the books “A museum for all: manual for accessibility programmes” and “Culture for all: accessibility assessment tool for cultural environments” (the latter co-authored with Tatiana Castro Barros Fonseca). Coordinator of the post-graduate study group on Sociomuseology and Cultural Accessibility of the UNESCO Chair “Education, Citizenship and Diversity”.

Areas of academic and scientific interest

  • Sociomuseology
  • Cultural Accessibility
  • Accessibility in Museums

PhD project

O princípio de uso equitativo e o acesso comunicacional a diferentes públicos nos museus nacionais
Doctor Mário Nuno do Bento Antas

This research is based on the first principle of Universal Design, the equitable use, applied to inclusive communication in museums, in order to reach universal audiences. The overall objective is to understand which elements enable the understanding of the textual components of an exhibition by diverse audiences, i.e. non-specialist audiences. The communication is a fundamental part and the national museums seek to be representative of the population, therefore it becomes necessary to find communicational methods that expand the fruition in these spaces. The methodology will be exploratory and descriptive and will rely on bibliographical research, technical visits and public studies. The corpus of the research will be composed of national museums under the tutelage of the General Directorate of Cultural Heritage. As a contribution, we seek equity and social justice in the access to the exhibited contents, pointing out reflections and practices that aim to discuss the privileged places of knowledge construction, memory production and social participation within the Portuguese national museums.