Gonçalo de Vasconcelos e Sousa is a full professor at the School of Arts at the Portuguese Catholic University, where he is director of the Interpretive Center for Goldsmithing in the North of Portugal. He chairs the Scientific Council of the School of Arts (between 2011-2013 and since 2017), being scientific coordinator of the degree in Art – Conservation and Restoration, the master’s degree in Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Assets and the doctorate in Heritage Studies. PhD (2002) and Agregado (2006) in Art History from the Faculty of Arts of the University of Porto, where he defended his master’s thesis (1997). Corresponding Academic of the Portuguese Academy of History (2003) and the National Academy of Fine Arts (2001).
The Círculo Dr. José de Figueiredo – Friends of the Soares dos Reis National Museum is an association created in 1940, a collective entity of a cultural, non-profit nature, with public utility status, which aims to contribute to the development of culture, arts, defense of cultural heritage, with the main objective being the progressive appreciation of the Soares dos Reis National Museum.
Since 1942, the association has published the Decorative Arts magazine MVSEV, directed at the time by Vasco Valente, then Director of the Soares dos Reis National Museum, among other publications within its editorial activity.
The association has focused its activity on supporting the development of the Museum, increasing its collections, acquisitions and donations, complementing the Museum’s programming with trips, courses and various visits, organizing conferences, congresses, concerts, etc.
Currently it has many hundreds of friends, making it, in the panorama of cultural associations of friends of museums, a reference association, in addition to a very large group of institutional associates who support the various initiatives promoted.