Tag Archives: historical memory

Three days of air raids over Barcelona

7 March, 2018 | Barcelona People, Unknown City
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At eight minutes past ten on the night of 16 March 1938 the city’s air raid sirens went off, signalling the start of a nightmare which would not let up until over 41 hours later. In that time Barcelona suffered as many as 14 air raids by the Italian air force based in Majorca. Chaos and terror reigned in the city and by the end of the three days over … Read more…

Textile history and present day culture combine at La Farinera del Clot

13 June, 2016 | Barcelona People, Unknown City
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The city is full of old textile buildings which have been recuperated for new civic and cultural uses. These premises are the vestiges of industry which flourished from the 18th century onwards in the municipalities on the Barcelona plain, such as Sants, Gràcia, Sant Andreu de Palomar and Sant Martí de Provençals. At one of the corners in Pl. Glòries, where Gran Via meets Av. Meridiana, one of these old … Read more…

Pérez de Rozas, the city’s graphic chroniclers in the 20th century

20 November, 2015 | Barcelona People, Unknown City, Your City Council

A large number of images requested by users of the Photographic Archive of Barcelona bear the same signature of Pérez de Rozas. This lineage of graphic reporters kept up with the city’s heartbeat on a daily basis and provided images over a period of almost 60 years. The exhibition ‘Pérez de Rozas. Crònica gràfica de Barcelona 1931-1954’ [Pérez de Rozas. A Chronicle of Barcelona in Images. 1931-1954] brings together a … Read more…

Shanty towns in Barcelona in the 20th century

10 November, 2015 | Barcelona People, Unknown City, Your City Council
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In 1990, the mayor at the time, Pasqual Maragall, struck the first sledgehammer blow in the demolition of the Francesc Alegre shanty town at the foot of the Turó de la Rovia mountain. That symbolic act signalled an end to Barcelona’s shanty towns, which had spread around various city neighbourhoods over the course of the 20th century. Thousands of people were born and lived in these informal city spaces. In … Read more…

The children’s library in Pl. Palmeres, the first in Sant Andreu

28 April, 2015 | Barcelona People, Unknown City
Foto de familia a la porta de la biblioteca-foto Fons JBSubirats

A provisional library located in the Pl. Palmeres, built during the Republican era, was used as a children’s library over a ten year period starting in 1934. During this period hundreds of youngsters used what was Sant Andreu’s first library. The Grup d’Arquitectes i Tècnics Catalans per al Progrés de l’Arquitectura Contemporània (GATCPAC) group created a project for a modular children’s library which in the Pl. Palmeres in the Sant … Read more…