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O palácio do Fiúza: memória de uma residência nobre em Alcântara, no termo de Lisboa is the title of the latest book by João Bernardo Galvão Teles, a partner at LMT Abreu Loureiro, Correia de Matos & Galvão Teles.

The result of an investigation carried out over several months for a client of the Art, Heritage and History Consultants, O palácio do Fiúza nrecounts the history of the building and of the estate that surrounded it, overlooking the now inexistent stream of Alcântara, from the beginnings of its foundation in the mid-seventeenth century by Judge Paulo de Carvalho, great-granduncle of the 1st Marquis of Pombal (whose birth may have taken place in this property), until today, including when it belonged to José Correia Fiúza, ombudsman of the Alfândega de Lisboa, whose name remained, and to the Barrunchos, an important family for whom this represented their majorat in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. The palace of Fiúza also bears the memory of the deaths of Prince Dom Teodósio, King Dom João IV’s firstborn, and of Dom Pedro II, the monarch who more intensely lived in the neighbouring royal palace of Alcântara. Having fallen, at the end of the nineteenth early twentieth centuries, into the hands of Jacinto Gonçalves - the famous industrial of public transport in Lisbon, owner of the “Carros do Jacintho” – who placed the centre of his activity in the old estate, whereas the palace, which had already been transformed and allocated to urban lease, was also allegedly a place of Republican conspiracies.

According to José de Monterroso Teixeira, who wrote the foreword for the book, "the research work of Joao Bernardo Galvão Telles is exemplary from the perspective of deepening the accomplishments of the Lords of the House, or of the elites who, meanwhile and successively, lived in it, in different epochal contexts. Through its integration in family networks, its presentation is remarkably well structured with the use of essential primary sources. The kinship ties arise in a detailed and exhaustive genealogical mapping, which is enriched by his deep documentary knowledge. (...) In the tradition of the monographic deepening of houses with a significant architectural mark on the city and urban settlement, as a geographical reference, thematic bibliography now has a valuable contribution to its methodological renewal and historiographical update, as a testimonial and reflective process. "

O palácio do Fiúza, edited with the seal of LMT – Art, Heritage and History Consultants, is developed over 150 pages, which include a few paintings and genealogical schemes that help in the understanding of the narrative, as well as various colour images placed in an inset, reproducing portraits, plans and other iconographic elements. The book, with a print mostly off the market, can be purchased at the Livraria Ferin bookshop in Lisbon, or at the Guarda-Mor online bookshop.

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The presentation of the work Arquivos de Família: Memórias Habitadas. Guia para salvaguarda e estudo de um património em risco, whose edition was co-sponsored by the Art, Heritage and History Consultants, was held yesterday at the Centro Nacional de Cultura in Lisbon.

With the intent of “providing owners of family archives with a wide range of information and practical advice on these family collections, to serve as a starting point for a better understanding, processing, preservation, protection and dissemination of this heritage at risk”. The Guide is organized in five chapters, covering the following themes: "Understanding your family archive”, “Taking care of your family archive”, “Preserving your family archive”, “Protecting your family archive, through deposit agreements” and “Valuing your family archive”.

The book was developed under the coordination of Maria de Lurdes Rosa and Rita Sampaio da Nóvoa, with the collaboration of Margarida Leme, Inês Correia, Sofia Fernandes and Maria João da Câmara Andrade e Sousa, the foreword having been written by Silvestre Lacerda, Director of the Arquivo Nacional da Torre do Tombo. Following the initial speeches by Guilherme d'Oliveira Martins, president of the Centro Nacional de Cultura, and by Amélia Andrade, director of the Instituto de Estudos Medievais da Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas da Universidade Nova de Lisboa, as well as by the coordinators of the study, the presentation of the work was carried out by Luís Mendia de Castro, Count of Nova Goa, who shared with the audience his vision on this issue as the owner of an important family archive. The Spanish expert Francisco de Borja Aguinagalde Olaizola closed the session.

For LMT Abreu Loureiro, Correia de Matos & Galvão Teles, the publication of this guide is a step of fundamental importance in the journey that has been pursued around the safeguarding and appreciation of family archives. This sponsorship is thus not only the recognition of the importance of the use of this type of collections for historical research – as can be seen in the study by Joao Bernardo Galvão Teles, "O Arquivo da Casa de São Paio: história e memória de uma família aristocrática" published in 2012 in the collection Arquivos de Família, séculos XIII-XX: que presente, que futuro? –, but also from the experience of the Art, Heritage and History Consultants in the organization of family documentary collections, at the request and in conjunction with their respective owners.

The Guide is available online here.