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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…

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…

The legacy of a woman silenced, Sister Eulària Anzizu

15 February, 2017 | Barcelona People, Unknown City

Throughout history there have been characters who have been transcendental for certain themes, but who for one reason or another have ended up practically unknown to a large part of society. Among women the situation is even more common. One such case is that of a religious Catalan woman who lived from the end of the 19th century to the early 20th century and who despite having a street named … 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…

A century and a half of the city’s history in photos

5 September, 2016 | Barcelona People, Unknown City, Your City Council
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Photography has been ever-present in Barcelona since shortly after it was invented. It’s quite well-known that a few months after the invention was presented in Paris the first daguerreotype was taken in Pla de Palau. That first image, captured by Ramon Alabern in 1839, is now lost, but others from those early years in the history of photography have survived. The exhibition Barcelona. The metropolis in the age of photography, … Read more…