Marco Viegas

Biographical note

I was born in Mozambique, in the city of Quelimane and came to Portugal at the age of seven, in 1977. I graduated in Scientific History at the University of the Azores, which allowed me to familiarize myself with the theme developed in the project that I will present to Universidade Lusófona. I attended the Masters in Museology at the University of the Azores and the completion of the curricula enhanced knowledge on the subject and on museology, resulting in the realization of this work that went beyond the scope of the Master’s and grew herculean over three years. It is no longer a master’s degree to become a doctorate and, feeling that I can determine my future, a scenario emerged that seems to correspond to what I aspire to. I felt that the thesis deserved more and, as a nonconformist, I did not accept any fate.

The quality that I have always shown in attending three different universities, the University of the Azores, with a degree in Scientific History and two scholarships, one for Brown University in the United States and another for Santander in Spain; the Portucalense University where I graduated in Educational History with a final grade of 17 and Universidade Nova of Lisbon where I attended the Masters in History of the 19th century. In all of them, he concluded his studies among the three best students.

I took on positions delegated to me by invitation, by democratic election or by voluntarism, as is the case of Coordinator of Citizenship and Development; Coordinator of the Department of Portuguese, Human and Social Sciences or Coordinator of the Club “Crazy for History” for ten years. All positions at the António José de Ávila Basic School in the city of Horta.

In addition to many other positions and involvement in community activities, essentially as a builder of knowledge, I consider that I have a good ability to work that has led to the success of my students in the past, always looking for their integral development. I pride myself on the organization, considering it a fundamental element for good teaching practices, as well as for the development of all activities related to teaching and my personal development. I have leadership skills, recognized by the institution where I teach and in all the institutions I have visited. Organizational capacity, and perfectionist in planning the activities that I propose. Excellent collaborative relationship with colleagues in order to share knowledge and materials for a healthy and proactive professional practice, attributes that will be replicated in the frequency of the PhD.

Areas of academic and scientific interest

  • History
  • Museology
  • Literature
  • Whaling
  • History of the Azores
  • History of Art

PhD project

The scrimshaw museum of peter café sport on faial island: the world surrounding it, a collection under reflection

As time has been going on, museums, in general, have been gaining more and more perceptibility, therefore, with more responsibility towards society. With the judicial framing in the “Lei-Quadro dos Museus Portugueses, lei n.º 47/2004, de 19 Agosto” (Portuguese Museums Law # 47/2004, 19th August), the standard of the museum typology and of the museum communication with the community is regulated by precise normative rules which represent a quality increase, as well as, responsibility, mainly in the manner in which the museums use their language to publish their culture possessions and their initiatives. These institutions have adopted different ways to communicate with their public using their collections which allow their knowledge worldwide.

The Peter Café Sport Scrimshaw Museum is one of the most peculiar Azorean museums, hence it represents the conception of a personal idea, in a private space and of pure self didactics in an era where museology was not a common concept in the majority of the Portuguese museums lexical. This is the idea of a visionary who, at the right time, hunched the need to protect part of a culture which was dying, the whaling workmanship.

It is through the collection, one of the most important in the world, that José Azevedo proposes an odd narrative that expresses the insular panorama of this art and the singular vision of the most important national and some international artists, bequeathing a unique historical corpus.

The museums’ public is characterized by diversity, including national visitors, foreigners, children, students, families and specialists, among others. Whilst a case study of this project, one will try to understand the suitability degree to the new museological realities, the national and international museography, as well as, the History which creates this complex cluster.