Online launch of a virtual museum on the Spanish Civil War with the aim of filling a gap in collective memory
TO LITTLE fanfare, the Virtual Museum of the Spanish Civil War launched online in September. The free website aims to educate anyone interested in the conflict, which took place from 1936 to 1939 and is still bitterly divided among many Spaniards today.
The website consists of 130 images grouped into five galleries, with the photos accompanied by simple text that seeks to explain how the conflict unfolded on a military level, the impact it had on the world at large. era and the effect it had on the Spaniards. population.
The project will serve to fill a gap in the Spanish collective memory, given that there are few museums dedicated to history in the country and even fewer when it comes to the Civil War.
The website was created by an international team of scholars from centers of learning as diverse as Trent University in Canada, Warwick University in England and Arkansas State University in the United States. .
The arrival of the museum comes at a time when there have been new developments in terms of historical memory in Spain.
The Socialist Party-led government recently passed the Democratic Memory Law, which aims to heal the still-open wounds of the Civil War and the dictatorship of Francisco Franco.
These include a DNA bank to help locate the bodies of victims who are still buried in mass graves across the country, as well as changes to the Valley of the Fallen, the monument outside Madrid that was until recently Franco’s resting place.
The Spanish government exhumed the remains of the former dictator from the Valley of the Fallen in 2019. The family of José Antonio Primo de Rivera, the founder of Spain’s fascist Falange party, announced last week that they would privately exhume the remains of the politician of the valley. of the fallen monument, before the central government did so under the new Historical Memory Act.
As for the new online museum, the creators said they plan to add content over the next few months, as well as translating the texts – currently available in Spanish and English – into other official languages such as the Basque, Catalan and Galician.