Title: Return baggage. The Library of Exile of the Valencian Library

Abstract: In 2019 marks the 80th anniversary of the Republican exile of 1939 that forced drastic changes to hundreds of thousands of compatriots. Scattered and defeated, like the wandering Numancia, a good number of them managed to rebuild their personal and professional trajectory in the societies that welcomed them.

Initiatives to recover the cultural heritage of these exiles began with the transition to democracy. The Valencian Library safeguards outstanding donations from Mexico, the United States, Argentina, USSR, among other places. A generous return luggage with which these men and women exiles returned to their homeland. It is a good number of pieces of great documentary value and undoubted historical importance in such a way that the Valencian Library is the only one among its category that has a section called Library of Exile available to researchers and experts.

Organized by: Biblioteca Valenciana Nicolau Primitiu

Director General of Culture & Heritage: Carmen Amoraga Toledo

Curation: José Ignacio Cruz Orozco

Technical Coordination:  Germán Perales Birlanga

Photography & digitizationBiblioteca Valenciana Nicolau Primitiu

Conservation & restoration: Mar Bensach

Audiovisual: Unitat de Produccions Audiovisuals de la Conselleria d'Educació, Investigació, Cultura i Esport

Assembly Company: José Arte

Design: LaGràfica

Place: Chapter Room of the monastery of San Miguel de los Reyes

Date: September 2019 to January 2020


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