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I need suggestions about job too: Brazilian Ministry of Culture decided that 2006 will be the museums year down here. They want all museums to have special activities and I’m without ideas of what we could do at my museum, a medicine one. Special exhibitions, lectures, activities for children, what would you do if you had to? My museum is about Brazilian Medicine history, we have tons of medicine objects and stuff that belonged to important doctors and generally we are visited by college students, doctors, people doing research... What do you suggest to me?
Another job related question: in 2008 it’ll be celebrated the 200th anniversary of Portuguese Royal Family arrival at Brazil and we (by *we* I’m talking about museums, libraries, etc.) will remember the importance of that occasion by organizing symposiums, exhibitions... Their arrival in 1808 changed totally our history, it was when we truly began to see ourselves as a nation. Dom João wasn’t supposed to be the king since he was the youngest son, but historical circumstances (his older brother death; his mother illness) made him Dom João VI (or John VI) at 1816. Before that, in 1807, Portugal was invaded by the Napoleon troops and the whole royal family fled to Brazil, accompanied by an escort of British ships. They arrived here at 1808 and Brazil became a kingdom under Dom João. He was recognized as king of Portugal at 1816 but continued residing here until 1821 (and after that, in 1822, prince Dom Pedro, the son of Dom João VI, proclaimed our independence at September 7, 1822, being crowned Brazilian first emperor).
Well, when royal family arrived at Brazil they found a colonial country, totally unprepared to receive them. They settled at Rio de Janeiro, the colony capital, and J-Boy had to create many institutions (such as Bank of Brazil, Royal Press, Royal Archive, Royal Library, Fine Arts Academy, Botanic Garden, factories, colleges, etc.) to satisfy administration needs and deeply modifying the entire country. Of course it only happened because royal family and its courtesans wanted the same level of progress and civilization they were used at Portugal but it was the beginning of a new nation, finally we could have commerce with all countries (before that Brazil was allowed to have businesses only with Portugal), new cultural habits were introduced here... J-Boy started a new era down here, setting the foundations of an empire his son created at 1822.
Why am I involved wit this celebration? Because after his arrival Dom João allowed the creation of the first medical courses in Brazil. Before it young men had to travel to Europe in order to study Medicine at Portugal and France, but after 1808 they could study here – ok, during the first 20 or 30 years they’d have to go to Europe after finishing their studies here in order to learn more, but after that time our medical colleges had improved a lot. And I work at a medicine museum, which is deeply related to the 2nd oldest medical college... although neither my museum nor the college have documents from that period (we have lots of documents from empire days, after Independence, but not from Dom João times). Whatever, what I really want to know is if you have any suggestions of what I could do to celebrate the occasion. Ideas, anyone?


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Nov. 6th, 2005 06:08 pm (UTC)
Some kind of interactive exhibition that charts that history could be fun. Like, maybe instead of just a dry and ordinary lecture, people could dress in costumes from the specific eras, and take questions from the people visiting the museum?
Nov. 7th, 2005 02:42 am (UTC)
It's a good idea, Rebecca, but the problem is that my "museum" is, in fact, one large room. But I think people from medicine college will like to do something together, so maybe we'll have more space and eventually an exhibition with "doctors from 19th century" guiding people would be a very useful idea.
Nov. 7th, 2005 12:00 am (UTC)
Where is the documentation of the foundation of the college ? As it was signed by D. João VI, did it come to Portugal with him ?

I suspect the awful Carlota Joaquina would want to leave nothing important in Rio de Janeiro.

Have you thought of asking the Portuguese National Archive
( Torre do Tombo ) ?
Nov. 7th, 2005 01:58 am (UTC)
I'm not sure about college documents but I suppose they have at least copies of them. Portuguese institutions had already been contacted, they'll help us by sending documents, objects... I think Carlota will be under spotlights, since Spanish institutions had been contacted too. You know, National Historic Museum director is coordinating everything and I remember she said at last reunion that it'd be interesting to take another look at Carlota's story - and of course it'd bring Spanish money to celebrations, lol
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