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Women’s lives in the 16th and 17th centuries as seen through furniture at the Monastery of Pedralbes

18 December, 2017 | Barcelona People, Unknown City
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These days seats are something for taking the weight off our feet and we expect them to offer a certain degree of comfort. That hasn’t always been the case though. In fact, the concept of sitting as a means of giving the body a rest didn’t become commonplace until the 18th century. Before that, in the 16th and 17th centuries, the act of sitting was a way of expressing status. … Read more…

Horta’s laundrywomen

23 June, 2016 | Barcelona People, Unknown City
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Washing clothes these days is an everyday affair, which doesn’t cause too many problems other than filling the washing machine and switching it on. Years ago, however, it was a cumbersome task, carried out by women who often had to go to wash clothes in the river or, if they were lucky, at public wash houses. From the mid-19th century to the early 20th century Barcelona had very little space … Read more…

Women at the Fabra i Coats factory: A lifetime spinning cotton

19 October, 2015 | Barcelona People, Unknown City
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Four out of five workers at the Fabra i Coats yarn company were women. During the years when production was at its peak, the Sant Andreu factory employed as many as 1,200 people. To coincide with International Women’s Day 2015, the Women’s Council in the Sant Andreu district and the ex-employees organisation, Friends of Fabra i Coats, paid homage to the women who worked there by unveiling a plaque in … Read more…

The pioneers of women’s sport in Catalonia

7 August, 2015 | Barcelona People, Unknown City
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Trinitat Altaba, Pilar Bartolí, Mercè and Maria Dolors Castelltort, Anna Maria Martínez Sagi, Conxita Mirapeix and Emília Trepat are just some of the women who opted for sport in the 1920s and 1930s, and who went on to enjoy success in their respective disciplines. All of them were pioneers whose careers were brought to a halt by the Civil War and the impediments the Franco dictatorship put in the way … Read more…

Women’s tales from the Institute Mental de la Santa Creu

5 May, 2015 | Barcelona People, Unknown City
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A hundred years ago, the official inauguration of the Institut Mental de la Santa Creu took place. The ceremony actually came some years after the institution had already been in operation as the female wing was opened in 1889. The male pavilions which came later prompted the official opening in 1915. This is one of the reasons historians from the Grup d’Història de Nou Barris – Can Basté decided to … Read more…