Royal Textile Factory
This nucleus is located in the Pombaline building of the Royal Textile Factory, which has a centralised plan and a global area of about 6000 m2. The building has been constructed by the Royal Provision of D. José I, in June 1764. It was built to operate as a state manufacture and it suffered enlargements during the kingdom of D. Maria I, when it ended covering an area of about 10.000 m2.
Devoted to the wool pre- and proto-industrialisation, this nucleus lives on the archaeological and architectonic structures that were preserved in situ. The Musealisation project tried to link both the technical (manufacture and dyeing of wool cloths and the construction of a manufacturing space) and the archaeological and historical information.
Only an area of 700 m2 is musealised and it corresponds to the space occupied by the former pombaline dye-houses, where the Cloths dye-house, the Skein dye-house and the Vats dye-house and the Water Reservoir and the Furnaces Corridors are located. These spaces compose the areas of the permanent exhibition. Furthermore, this nucleus has a Temporary exhibition gallery and an area for Reserves funds and a museography(museografia) service.