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The Francoist purge of Barcelona’s municipal civil servants

13 April, 2018 | Barcelona People, Unknown City, Your City Council
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After the civil war finished in 1939, the new Francoist authorities carried out a thorough and far-reaching shakedown of civil servants and others who had worked for the administration, in order to assume complete control. Not only did they weed out anyone who would have identified with the republican flag, but also anyone offering any degree of opposition, whether through action or omission, to the uprisings of 18 July 1936. … Read more…

The Contemporary Municipal Archive turns a hundred

14 September, 2017 | Barcelona People, Unknown City, Your City Council
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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…

Over two centuries of daily city information

10 January, 2017 | Barcelona People, Unknown City, Your City Council
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For many years people knew the Diari de Barcelona newspaper by the name of ‘El Brusi’, based on the surname of the family who owned it. However, contrary to what many people believed, it wasn’t the Brusi family who founded it, even though they were the ones which consolidated it in the early days and owned it for 109 years. The founder of the paper was actually Pedro Pablo Husson … Read more…

The Casa de les Altures, a district office with a history

2 November, 2016 | Barcelona People, Unknown City, Your City Council
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In the 1980s, when the democratic City Council was taking its first steps, there was a move towards municipal decentralisation. That meant each district would have its own offices and administrative services. In some cases the old deputy mayors’ offices were used, which were housed in buildings which had once been town councils around the Barcelona plain. Examples include the districts of Les Corts, Gràcia, Sant Martí de Provençals and … Read more…

A colonial metropolis called Barcelona

28 September, 2016 | Barcelona People, Unknown City, Your City Council

In the autumn of 1966 a baby gorilla arrived in Barcelona which had been captured a few weeks before in Guinea, a Spanish colony at the time. The gorilla was named Copito de Nieve (Snowflake), a name which was changed into Catalan with the arrival of democracy and so from the end of the 1970s the creature became known as Floquet de Neu. The albino gorilla became an icon for … Read more…