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Workshop on how to wash, rinse and spin wool the traditional way

The Formentera Office of Heritage is organising a workshop on traditional techniques in washing, rinsing and spinning wool. The workshop will begin at 5.00pm on 26 April in the Es Cap de Barbaria schools. Space is limited and registration is open until 13 April. Participants will receive a confirmation email upon registration.

31 March 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

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First step toward identifying remains of 58 victims of Formentera Penitentiary at cemetery

The Formentera Office of Heritage is pleased to report that this month the first step has been taken to locate, exhume and identify remains in the island's cemetery of the 58 documented victims of the Francoist prison that operated next to S'Estany des Peix between 1940-1942.

On 8 February, the Formentera Office of Social Welfare issued a resolution authorising exhumation of the graves and cadaveric remains located in Patio 2 of the municipal cemetery (appearing in BOIB no. 23/2022, 12 February). A period of consultation and public exhibition of the document began on publication and will continue until 15 March.

Plans for the operations were drafted by Dr. Almudena García-Rubio Ruíz, of the Aranzadi Science Society. They are part of the Third Plan for Mass Graves 2021-2022 of the Balearic Ministry of Energy Transition, Productive Sector and Democratic Memory.

23 February 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

Consell de Formentera archive unveils new consultation room, expanded hours and services

foto 2022 arxiu BToday Ana Juan, President of the Consell de Formentera; Raquel Guasch, Councillor of Heritage, and Jahmila Canale, Director of the Formentera Archive (Arxiu), presented a new space and consultation room at the municipal archives, located at Passatge del Llaüt Verd in the same building as the Consell de Formentera.

President Juan welcomed the new consultation room and "work by the Office of Heritage to put Formentera's archives within reach of the public and make sure that this becomes a service that is available to all". Juan asserted that the Arxiu is a "a tool for research and documentation work" and insisted, "the documentation on file is part of our history and we must treat and care for it accordingly".

Rules, inventory and digitisation

The Councillor of Heritage pointed out that the Arxiu was currently analysing documentary series to finalise its classification chart and "develop a comprehensive guide and inventory". Guasch said that work was under way on rules for the service as well as on archival and preventive conservation guidelines. To that end, measures will focus on optimising documentary conditions and digitising the documentation is among the options discussed. "Essentially, moving forward we want this information to be more accessible to everyone who is interested in it", said Councillor Guasch.

Ms Canale explained that the Arxiu houses documentation related to the functions and competences of local government, particularly between 1888 and 2007, when its powers were limited to those of a town council (ajuntament). The building also contains documents from the Civil Registry and the Justice of the Peace, some of the oldest. All archival holdings fall essentially into two categories: historical (up to 1980) and administrative (from 1980 onwards).

A space for consultation

In 2021 the archive fielded 211 inquiries (146 of them internal) after fielding 109 in 2020. Guasch stressed that, precisely, "one of our priorities is to adapt the consultation space to make the archives more accessible to people".

Among the documents at the archive, apart from plenary minutes, licenses, motions and other documents linked to municipal government, are amillaraments (old registers involving land owners and easement holders), documents from the Local Probation Board of 1946 and a copy book of medical prescriptions (1936-1939). The oldest surviving item dates from 1807 and documents the purchase and sale of a property in Es Cap de Barbaria. In total, there are about 4,000 boxes, or 49,100 linear metres of documents at the Formentera Archive. In January an additional worker was hired on a six-month contract as part of the Balearic Employment Office's Reactiva programme; she is working as an administrative employee.

The current hours of operation are 8.30am to 2.00pm, Monday through Friday. Appointments can be scheduled by sending an e-mail to arxiu@conselldeformentera.cat indicating which documents are desired.

23 February 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

Tallers de cuina tradicional durant el mes de desembre

L'àrea de Patrimoni del Consell de Formentera i l'Associació Es Forn organitzen dos tallers de cuina tradicional per a aquest mes de desembre. El primer taller serà sobre el frit de matances i se celebrarà aquest dimecres 1 de desembre a les 19 hores. El següent serà sobre la salsa de Nadal, el 21 de desembre a les 17 hores. Ambdós tallers es faran a la cuina de l'IES Marc Ferrer.

Les places són limitades i les persones interessades han d’enviar un correu electrònic a coneixpatrimoni@conselldeformentera.cat. Una vegada inscrites, rebran un correu electrònic de confirmació.

29 de novembre de 2021
Àrea de Comunicació
Consell de Formentera

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Exhibition, lectures, music and video testimonies shed light on Second Republic on Formentera

expo 2a republica1The Formentera Office of Heritage is pleased to report that at 7.00pm Wednesday 1 December, Centre Antoni Tur "Gabrielet" will host the opening of "La Segona República a Formentera" (The Second Republic on Formentera). Running parallel to the exhibition on 9 and 10 December are a series of programmes at the "Ajuntament Vell" Exhibition Space. In addition, the opening of the exhibition will feature the participation of Aires Formenterencs.

Raquel Guasch, Councillor of Heritage, framed the project as "an exercise in historical memory championing local values". "Formentera deserved a display like this with material, witnesses and even songs that help us to remember and give visibility to a key part of our island's history". The councillor also applauded the involvement and research of all those who made the project possible. "It has been months in the making", she asserted.

The exhibition is curated by Manolo Oya and a special historical advisory team was formed to steward the initiative. The team's efforts were two-fold: gathering material for the exhibition and sending documentation to Formentera's Historical Archive and Archive of Image and Sound. The following individuals were part of the advisory team: Santiago Colomar, Artur Parron, Carmelo Convalia, Toni Ferrer and Adrià Tur Homar. Raquel González and Alfredo Montero collaborated in the research work as well.

The showcase of Second Republic-related graphic material and documentation will be on view at Centre Antoni Tur "Gabrielet" until 15 January 2022. The gallery is open from 10.00am to 1.00pm Tuesday to Saturday, and 6.00pm to 8.00pm Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. The gallery is closed on Sundays and Mondays.

The following screenings and talks will take place at the "Ajuntament Vell" on 9 and 10 December:

From 6.30pm on 9 December, as part of two screenings which will also feature audio recordings, attendees can hear valuable contributions to research including: Sonya Torres Planells, who will highlight testimony about the library of Joan Colomar Torres ("Joan Peret") and a recitation by Josep Escandell Ferrer ("Pep de Jaume des Camp") of the first two couplets of a song about the Second Republic, which several sources attribute to Bartomeu Castelló Mayans ("Xomeu des Cafè").

At 7.30pm, Santiago Colomar will talk about the Plànol d'en Cinnamond urban development plan in La Savina and its links to the beginnings of local tourism.

And in two lectures scheduled at 6.30pm on 10 December, Isidor Torres will highlight the importance for Formentera of schoolteacher Lluís Andreu; and Adrià Tur Homar will talk about the origins and relevance of libertarian thought on Formentera as well as local trade union movements.

Councillor Guasch and Mr Oya thanked Sonya Torres Planells and the families of Vicent Serra Mayans, Josep Ferrer Tur ("Pep Andreuet") and Bartomeu Castelló Mayans ("Xomeu des Cafè") for their collaboration and contributions.

27 November 2021
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

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