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Old La Mola windmill gets new information point

foto 2022 punt info moli vell AToday Ana Juan, President of the Consell de Formentera, and Raquel Guasch, Councillor of Heritage, presented the new Molí Vell de la Mola information point, located in an old warehouse next to the protected landmark.

As part of a project which was overseen by the Formentera Office of Heritage, the information point at the "Old La Mola windmill" features a permanent exhibition consisting of four panels highlighting the process of turning grain into bread and its importance in the human diet. There is also a hand-operated millstone of recent fabrication together with assorted samples of grain.

President Juan said the new space represented "one step further in our policy of safeguarding and showcasing heritage assets, and the Formentera Office of Heritage is at the forefront". The last two years have brought approval of protected landmark status for the windmill and surrounding area, restoration of the mill and its sweeps and extended public hours. "Now we are taking another step in the enhancement of a windmill that is part of our history".

For her part, Councillor Guasch pointed out that the lease signed in 2020 between local government and the landmark's owners, the Illes Balears Foundation, "enables us to oversee opening hours and visits as well as to open new spaces like this information point". Guasch asserted that the new space would "move us closer to our goal of opening Formentera's heritage to islanders and tourists alike so they can learn more about it in an up-close and familiar way".

The permanent exhibition offers detailed insight about milling and the various devices which have traditionally served this purpose, dedicating special attention to flour windmills and the names of component parts. The hand-operated millstone can be operated by school children visiting the Moli Vell de la Mola under the supervision of accompanying adults. This piece serves as a counterpoint to the old windmill, which harnessed the wind to yield more with less effort.

This information point has been put in place with in-house funding and has involved an investment of roughly €1,500. A space has been set up for visitors to use. Opening hours during the month of April will be from Tuesday to Saturday from 10.00am to 1.00pm. Admission is free.

1 April 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

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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