in the Museological Network of the Municipality of Peniche, the
Interpretative Centre of Atouguia da Baleia - CIAB, aims to study, value
and enhance the historical and cultural heritage of the county,
offering an integrated vision of the Historical Region of Atouguia da
Baleia. This Centre contains various scientific fields ranging from
geology and paleontology to archeology and history, including human
geography and anthropology.
management involves three entities – Town Hall of Peniche, Parish
Council of Atouguia da Baleia and Parochial Church Council of São
Leonardo. The Interpretative Centre of Atouguia da Baleia also accepts
contributions from the community.
This project involved the rehabilitation of a
historic building - the church of St. Joseph, also integrated in the
visit to the CIAB - and the construction of the annexed building,
interpretative centre. Since 2007 the work concerning the study,
inventory, conservation and enhancement of the integrated or integrating
heritage has been developed in the museum space or in situ. Of these,
we highlight the conservation and restoration of all pieces/estate that
belong to the CIAB, emphasizing the work done on the altar piece of the
Church of S. Joseph, as well as the Participatory Inventory of Cultural
Heritage, which, with the support of the community and population living
in the different towns of the parish, allowed a better understanding of
the cultural heritage that belongs to Atouguia da Baleia.