Bell Traditions: between the tangible and the intangible

Ana Patrícia Gonçalves, Andréa M. Diogo, Joana Duarte, Marisa Santos

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Bell traditions bring together traditional practices of know‐how and a striking ethnographic scenario from the point of view of labour regulation and the popular imaginary. For being an integral part of cultural landscape and soundscape of Portugal, it is presented in this paper from an intangible perspective. The artisanal character within the traditional techniques of foundry and manual bell ringing are scarcely preserved as these practices have been losing expression, presenting a high risk of disappearance due to its automation since the 1980s. This article aims to reflect on the intangibility of the manual bell ringing, the resultant imaginary, means for its dissemination, public awareness and the safeguard of this heritage. In this sense, was developed the virtual exhibition «Bell Traditions: between the tangible and the intangible», in partnership with the Google Arts & Culture.
Original languageEnglish
Article number2
Pages (from-to)1-7
Number of pages7
JournalMemoriamedia Review
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 20 Dec 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • Cultural Heritage
  • Virtual Exhibitions
  • Google Arts & Culture
  • Bell Traditions

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities(all)


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