The Community Museum was a project that consisted on the creation of an ephemeral museum built entirely from objects provided by the local community. After a period of field research among the resident population – namely people who lived around Rua Chã Square, city of Porto – a museum was created that sought to reflect on how people represent the places where they inhabit through objects. The aim was to foster debate around the concepts of heritage, identity and representation, both for the people who lent the objects and for museum visitors.
The Community Museum was created and developed in 2015 by Maria Manuela Restivo and João Moreira, with the collaboration of Luciano Moreira, Nuno Ferreira and Vera Carmo. The structure of the Museum was designed and built by Patrick Hubmann and Diana Sá. The project had the financial support of the Municipality of Porto under the Locomotiva program.