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CASA DE LA MEMORIA LA SAUCEDA



This house is open to the public for research, information and reflection on historic memory. It has exhibition rooms, a document archive, library and conference/screening room. It contains documentation and testimonies about the civil war and the Francoist repression in the Campo de Gibraltar area and it is open to collaboration with researchers and institutions from all over Andalucía. It has been created by the Foro por la Memoria del Campo de Gibraltar (Forum for the Memory of the Campo de Gibraltar) and the Asociación de Represaliados por el Franquismo en La Sauceda y El Marrufo (Association of those who suffered reprisals from Francoism at La Sauceda and El Marrufo).

Situated in the heart of Jimena, at number 53 Calle Sevilla, the House is 400 square metres in size and is on three floors. There is a room housing the permanent exhibition, a library with 1,500 books about historic memory, a conference room, archive, offices, meeting room, two patios and a terrace.
The exhibition room is dedicated to the history of La Sauceda and El Marrufo; the civil war and Francoist reprisals in the Campo de Gibraltar; the anti-Francoist war; and the slavery of the 30,000 people brought from all over Spain to this area to work in the battalions of Republican prisoners.

During the dictatorship this house belonged to the owner of a hardware store in Jimena and was also his home. In 2012 it was purchased by Miguel Rodríguez, the owner of Grupo Festina. Miguel’s father was imprisoned for fighting in defence of the Republic, and his grandfather and great-grandfather were shot in the Cortijo de Marrufo. Thanks to his financial support, the Foro por la Memoria del Campo de Gibraltar and the Asociación de Familiares de Represaliados por el Franquismo en La Sauceda y El Marrufo were able to restore the property and equip it to become what it is today: the Casa de la Memoria, the House of Historic Memory.




In April 2016 the Cádiz provincial government and the Foro por la Memoria del Campo de Gibraltar signed two agreements to equip the Casa de la Memoria, enable it to open and finance its first activities. The agreements signed by the president of the Cádiz Provincial Government, Irene García, and the president of the Forum, Andrés Rebolledo, lay down the conditions for the provincial government’s financial support.

The Junta de Andalucía’s Democratic Memory Committee has also financed part of the activities to bring this project to fruition, especially its promotion. The Junta has donated some of the books which are now in the library and has made hundreds of copies in DVD format of documentaries which have been produced by the forum: La Sauceda, de la utopía al horror and La noche más larga.
In addition to the provincial government and the Junta de Andalucía, other institutions and organisations have collaborated to make this house possible. The councils of Castellar de la Frontera and Casares are going to help equip the Casa de la Memoria La Sauceda, as the mayor of Castellar, Juan Casanova, and the Councillor for Culture in Casares, Rocío Ruiz Romero, confirmed on a joint visit to the Casa a few weeks before its inauguration.
The Centro de Estudios Andaluces, (of which the Museo de la Autonomía de Andalucía is part, situated in the house in Coria del Río in which Blas Infante lived during the final years of his life), has also donated a large number of books about the recent history of Andalucía and the war and the repression of the inhabitants of this region.
Other people and entities who have collaborated in putting together the library and the documents in the archive are San Roque council; José Chamizo, the former Andalucían Ombudsman; Andrés Vázquez de Sola, a journalist and painter from San Roque; historian Antonio Morales Benítez; and Juan García del Castillo and Francisco Larios, who collaborate with the forum.
José Manuel Algarbani, who is a historian and qualified in documentation, together with historian Fernando Sígler, archaeologist Jesús Román and researcher Luis García Bravo have also helped to convert this house into a documentation centre which contains, in addition to the specialist library, an archive containing material from historians and researchers from all over Andalucía. This archive contains:
1.- Documents in paper format. Digitised archives.
2.- Archive or oral/written/video testimonies.
3.- Photo archive (Fototeca)

As well as being a centre for research, the Casa de la Memoria also plays an active role in the cultural life of the Campo de Gibraltar and carries out the following activities with that in mind:

Cycle of conferences about the historic memory.
• Day-long conferences about historic memory, held annually.
Annual prize for research into historic memory (provincial-regional)
• Relationships with schools: publication of teaching guides on educational values, collaboration with primary and secondary schools, conferences, workshops, educational visits etc.
• Publishing books, producing documentaries etc.
• Temporary exhibitions about the historic memory.
• Screenings of fictional films and documentaries.
• Collecting oral testimonies.
• Assistance for victims and their families.