Ana Isabel Coelho Pires da Silva holds a degree in History with a specialisation in Documental Sciences from the University of Coimbra. She is currently studying for a PhD in Contemporary History entitled “Política social no concelho de Ponte de Sor nos séculos XIX e XX (1834-1974): pobres, beneméritos e instituições” [Social policy in Ponte de Sor council area in the XIX and XX centuries (1834-1974): the poor, benefactors and institutions]. She is currently in charge of the Library and Archives of the António Prates Foundation in Ponte de Sor. Her main area of scientific interest and research is the history of assistance, social policy and health institutions, and local history. She has published three studies on Ponte de Sor Santa Casa da Misericórdia highlighting the Saint Francis Brotherhood Hospital and its origins to 1850, and since 2007 has written a monthly article about local history in the Ecos do Sor local newspaper.
Books published in Coimbra University Press: