How to present the Cultural property of SCML in an integrated and contextualized way, so as to be known and accessible to all types of audiences, in particular, those who are usually excluded due to their physical difficulties or sociocultural constraints?
SCML’s vast cultural property has an unparalleled historical and artistic interest and value, which must be made public knowledge and above all must be accessible to all audiences, including those with the greatest difficulties in accessing cultural goods and services. Access to historical services and buildings, such as the Museum and the Church of São Roque (classified as a National Monument since 1910), is hampered either by the lack of physical mobility (in the case of the elderly or those with special needs) or by the lack of knowledge and habits in the enjoyment of cultural goods and services. The problem/need lies in the domain of accessibility and inclusion of these particular audiences. It is necessary to develop innovative solutions that use digital strategies (such as gamification) and the potential of information and communication technologies to raise awareness of the cultural property of SCML among the general public, and at the same time to stimulate and interest audiences with greater difficulties of access.
The Direction of Culture promotes and coordinates the cultural action of Santa Casa da Misericórdia de Lisboa in an integrated and transversal way, namely in the fields of study and research, conservation and incorporation of cultural assets and cultural development, pursuing a policy of safeguarding and valuing the cultural and artistic heritage in its custody. The DIC aims to highlight cultural property as an instrument for human development and social cohesion, favouring diversification and promoting widespread access to SCML’s forms of cultural expression. The Direction of Culture includes São Roque Museum, from the collections of which some items deserve special attention: the Treasury of the Chapel of Saint John the Baptist, the Oriental Art Collection, the Historical Archive with the Commitment of Misericórdia of 1516, the Incunabula Collection, the “Sinais dos Meninos Expostos” (Foundlings Tokens), the Library, the Editorial Centre and the Service for the Public and Cultural Development deserve also special emphasis. It is also part of a wider context aimed at the creation of a dynamic cultural centre in the heart of Lisbon, a place of passage for thousands of tourists. The Archive began in the late fifteenth century, with the creation of Santa Casa. However, the great earthquake of 1755 caused an irreparable loss of much of the documentation. For this reason, the Historical Archive mainly contains processes produced from the second half of the eighteenth century. The Library has in its custody the bibliographical collection from the 19th to the 21st centuries and favours themes related to the activity developed by the institution. The Service for Public and Cultural Development has the role of making known the property with historical and artistic value, through diversified activities. The Editorial Centre promotes, coordinates and implements the editorial plan of SCML through the publication of issues in its areas of action, from Social Welfare to Health, Culture and Education.