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The Contemporary Municipal Archive turns a hundred

14 September, 2017 | Barcelona People, Unknown City, Your City Council | Post a comment
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While it can be said that the origin of Barcelona’s municipal archives date back to when the municipal government was set up in the 8th century, two centres which form part of the archives are celebrating their centenary this year: the History Archive of the City of Barcelona and the Contemporary Municipal Archive. They were both set up in 1917 when the city’s archives were re-organised under the management of … Read more…

An association working to protect and promote photographic heritage

24 July, 2015 | Barcelona People, Unknown City | Post a comment
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In 1972 a group of people from the photography world realised there was a serious risk of losing rich Catalan photographic heritage and decided to found the Institut d’Estudis Fotogràfics de Catalunya (IEFC), a non-profit association with a public service philosophy. The institute’s basic aims were to promote the study, research and profile of photography. Some 43 years on, various generations of photography professionals and enthusiasts have attended classes, the … Read more…

Barcelona recovers a documentary treasure from the 14th century

9 September, 2014 | Unknown City, Your City Council | Post a comment
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Barcelona’s heritage has been enriched by a portulan chart, a rare navigation map from the 14th century drawn up by the master cartographer Guillem Soler and a genuine medieval gem, one of only ten examples of 14th-century Catalan maps in the world known to exist today. There is only one other in the Iberian peninsula, which is also kept in Barcelona: Gabriel Vallseca’s 1439 map, which belongs to the National … Read more…

Barcelona, the first city to publish its autobiography

25 March, 2014 | Barcelona People, Unknown City, Your City Council | Post a comment
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Correspondence, personal diaries, writings by someone that tell us something about their appearance, character and life etc. There are people who write their autobiographies, allowing us a first-hand discovery of some of the events they played a leading role in. Now Barcelona too has its autobiography. The historian Daniel Venteo offered himself as amanuensis to the city, so enabling it to describe itself through its own documents kept at the … Read more…