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“One Object, Three Visions. Virtual Museum of Integration”—An Experience in Participatory Museology

Aina Ferrero Horrach

Aina Ferrero Horrach

Publication date: 31/03/2022


The Inca Museum of Footwear and Industry story is full of a sense of community that, despite it being born with the desire to pay tribute to the industrial history of its people, was inaugurated at a time of unrest and crisis in the sector of footwear following the closure of multiple factories. In recent years, the museum has undergone a major transformation process to build bridges with its hosting community and to acquire a leading role in its context with a new museography and a renovated annual program. The museum has been awarded the 2020 Ibermuseos Prize for Education for the project “One Object, Three Visions. Virtual Museum of Integration”, rooted in the framework of participatory museology. This project has continued the work previously set in motion to document the oral memory linked to the footwear industry, the revaluation of a traditional craft to promote a new resurgence and socioeconomic recovery in the municipality, the recognition of the cultural diversity of Inca to integrate it into the museum’s programming, and to promote intergenerational and intercultural dialogue so that new generations of researchers know their industrial past and can project it into the future.