The Villaespesa shows' Silver and Lead Times. Economy and society in the nineteenth century Cuevas'

Moment of inauguration.
Moment of inauguration.

The provincial public library "Francisco Villaespesa" hosts until 16 June the exhibition called Silver and Lead Times. Economy and society in the nineteenth century Cuevas ", It is illustrating the mining stage that began in 1839 in the municipality of Cuevas del Almanzora. The City Council of this municipality has sponsored an exhibition and has enjoyed the cooperation of the Ministry of Culture of the Andalusian.

The territorial delegate of Culture, Tourism and Sports, Alfredo Valdivia, He recalled during the presentation of the exhibition, that makes 177 years of an event that marked the fate of Cuevas del Almanzora and its region: discovery in 1839 an extraordinary lode of argentiferous galena in Jaroso, one of the canyons of Sierra Almagrera and the creation of society "and Consortes Carmen" for the exploitation of this wealth, “lo que supuso una nueva etapa económica con repercusiones provinciales, national and even international ".

This exhibition was first shown to the public in Cuevas del Almanzora and a year later reaches library in order to disseminate this "fascinating stage", said the delegate of the Board, who he was accompanied by the mayor of that municipality, Antonio Fernández y los comisarios de la muestra, Pedro Perales and Jose Guerrero.

The exhibition consists of more than 20 panels with historical content, interpretative and supplementary information, and enlarged photographs and 9 vitrinas con herramientas del oficio de minero (pico, barrenas, casco de cuero, carburos…), minerales como la jarosita o la plata nativa, cámaras fotográficas y material de escritorio de las familias burguesas y numerosos documentos impresos y manuscritos relacionados todos con la minería de la sierra Almagrera.

Destacan los dos retratos de Miguel Soler Molina y de Francisco Soler Flores, ambos del pintor Juan José Resalt, propiedad del Ayuntamiento de Cuevas del Almanzora y varios planos de los barrancos y minas de Sierra Almagrera, del río Almanzor, de las concesiones mineras, de la ciudad de Cuevas, del Ensanche y mejora de la ciudad, varias acciones mineras y las primeras páginas de los periódicos de Cuevas como El Minero de Almagrera, La Conciencia Pública, El Almanzora, La Región de Levante y La Opinión .

Se muestran ocho paneles históricos bajo los títulos de “1839: El descubrimiento que asombró a un país”; "Expansion of mining by Almagrera. French Hospital "; “1869: The native silver Herrerias. A new revulsivo "; "The century of foundries. Metallurgy around Almagrera ";"From agriculture to mining bourgeoisie oligarchy"; "Planning and architecture for a new time"; "Big projects. Winds of change and modernity "and" Good times for letters. literary creation and erudition "

Also, los paneles interpretativos versan sobre “De lo desconocido al exterior”, "Organization and distribution of work", "Measly rewards inhuman work I", "Measly rewards inhuman work II", "The cost of foundries", "Union make force", "The colors of the new class", "Passion for the portrait", "Education of the privileged", "The golden age of the press".

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