The way we were

             The way we were. Familiar archives

Our title today sounds like the one of a famous film. But it’s all about familiar archives. How can we preserve documents, letters, pictures from any relative ?

To guard the identity of a family. The more we know about our own history, the better we can understand ourselves, life and some circumstances. As a result, the sum of familiar histories, could be the little history of a village.

       A familiar archive in a pretty village of Navarra

Patrimonio para jóvenes it’s not only a project in order to help youth to discover art and cultural heritage. Their team want also to promote young people who is very keen on humanities and creativity.

Marta Castaño, here you have her on the first picture, was the person in charge of this history.

At the beginning of last year, we were looking for an archive. Something with a kind of historical or political value in Navarra.

Have you ever known anyone saying: “ I don’t know what to do with all this mess of papers from my grandfather?

We were looking for that, but we came across the archive in Urroz Villa talking to Javier Garisoain. He needed some help with his father’s archive.

Miguel Garisoain Fndez played an important role being in charge of a political party: Comunion Tradicionalista Carlista.

Marta opened boxes and boxes, and classified documents. Just the beginning. It takes hours and hours to look carefully to thousands of papers. Marta had to classify them with criteria. At the same time, Marta had to leave proof of this classification in a memory.

During winter, spring and some part of the last summer, Marta traveled from Pamplona to Urroz two or three days at week. She read, took notes and classified. Along this post you can observe differences from the beginning till now.

      A workshop about archives :

We also had an informal talk about the way we “ write” our memory at present.

The amount of pics on social networks, are all of them relevant?

What are we telling? What we really want to be remembered from us? It is important or not prepare a kind of memory from ourselves ?

Would we like our family cto remember us through an archive with pictures , bills, books we had bought, tickets and so on ?

Today flights, rain, cinema or theater tickets are displayed on mobiles.This made life easier. But, is there any inconvenient?

Bid data, help for writing a history or bring us into a big mess? Could you give your opinion about advantages or disadvantages of this matter?

          And of course.. have fun

After the talk, we went for a walk around Urroz Villa. Explore some spaces, climb up the bell tower and walk over the vaults was a funny experience. We finished with a great Spanish “ tortilla”.

Nice day.

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