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Municipal archive acquires 18th- and 19th-C. documents on Martí family's claim to Formentera

foto 2022ix arxiu AThe Consell de Formentera archive has acquired documents from 1743 and 1804 related to the Martí family's alleged claims to Formentera. Raquel Guasch, councillor of heritage, cast the newly incorporated documents as "proof that the Consell de Formentera achive is actively engaged in conservation and in growing its documentary collection".

The Martís' claim to the island has roots in a 1453 bequeathal by Alfonso the Magnanimous, King of Aragon, of the then undivided fourth part of Formentera, an uninhabited island at that time, to Ibizan Joan Martí. King Alfonso imposed certain conditions, like construction a new fortress and a ban on trading of salt harvested on the island. Joan Martí was royal prosecutor on Eivissa, but the University of Eivissa and Formentera strongly protested the bequeathal and the king revoked it the following year. Years later, Francisco Martí, likely Francisco Martí Torres, son of Sebastià, doctor in laws (1695-1781), sought to prove his lineage with the 15th-century Joan Martí with a view to recovering his ancestor's claim to Formentera.

Documents make reference to the construction of a tower on S'Espalmador predating the structure which currently stands at the site. Interviews with Eivissa residents were also included in an effort to demonstrate the tower was indeed built and that a house in Dalt Vila conserved the Martí family's coat of arms.

The Consell de Formentera archive holds documentation tied to official functions and powers, especially when these were restricted to those of an ajuntament. Among the oldest documents on file are from the civil registry and justice of the peace. The Consell de Formentera archive is divided into two sections: Historical (until 1980) and the Administrative (1980 onwards).

Consultation hours are 8.30am to 2.00pm, Monday to Friday. Visits can be scheduled by sending an e-mail to arxiu@conselldeformentera.cat and indicating which documents an individual wishes to consult.

7 September 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

Applications now accepted for 2022 research grant

The Formentera Office of Heritage is pleased to report that applications for the 2022 Consell de Formentera research grant will be accepted through 15 July. The €8,500 grant promotes scientific local research in the arts, humanities and social sciences.

Raquel Guasch, councillor of heritage, encouraged researchers to send in their applications. Last year's call for applications was withdrawn. "This grant has been cemented in recent years, not to mention given more funding, opening the door to further enrich local studies", said the councillor.

At the close of the application period, a committee will review submissions based on scientific interest, coherence and methodology, and the curricula vitae of researchers. Associated research work must be carried out within 12 months from the day following announcement of the award. Grants are awarded on a competitive basis and the rules have been published in the 4 June issue of Official Gazette of the Balearic Islands [BOIB].

8 June 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

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Consell de Formentera archive works to preserve town planning files burned in 1999

foto 2022vi arxiu BThe Formentera Office of Heritage has initiated efforts to preserve files damaged by a fire in the town planning department of the former Ajuntament in 1999. Today Raquel Guasch, councillor of heritage, presented current efforts at the municipal archives "to fulfil the administration's duty to preserve official documents, which are a source of information for the people of Formentera and an asset for our collective memory". Councillor Guasch asserted that "unfortunately, this fire is a dark page of our history, but we believe that these efforts are crucial. We have an obligation to preserve material that was intentionally burned".

The heritage office presented the preservation work on 9 June on the occasion of International Archives Day. Conservation and restoration experts Einam Nieves Peinado and Kena Marí Llano are overseeing the efforts within the Consell de Formentera archives. It is estimated that the team will spend 680 hours processing documents in 22 boxes containing approximately one thousand files. A budget of €7,300 has been allocated for the work.

Preservation process

In addition to the effects of the fire, the documents have also been damaged by water used to put out the flames which remained in the papers in the years since. To the extent possible, work will involve cleaning, disinfecting and reconstituting the files. The team is also extracting the material that has been sullied by dirt and microorganisms so that they do not spread and totally destroy the documents. Important classification work is also being carried out, leaving a record of the information still available and of the entire operation. The preserved material will then be stored in neutral conservation cardboard boxes.

Nieves Peinado explained that "damage to the files is not uniform. In some cases it will be possible to regroup the documents, while other files have been either totally destroyed or, given plastic in the storage material, melted together". Peinado affirmed that "all of the material shows traces of ash and remains of burnt paper. This greasiness affects even those papers that are in relatively good condition, accelerating processes of oxidation and deterioration". The team added that the conventional cardboard boxes used to store the documents is acidic, which complicates matters further.

9 June 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

Summer hours at Old La Mola Windmill, Es Pi des Català Defence Tower and Ethnographic Collection

The Formentera Office of Heritage wishes to remind islanders about the hours of operation at local heritage sites from June to September, both inclusive. The Old La Mola Windmill [Molí Vell de la Mola] is open 5.00pm to 8.00pm, Wednesday to Sunday, and Es Pi des Català Defence Tower opens 9.00am to 11.00am on Fridays. Meanwhile, the Ethnographic Collection keeps the same hours year round: 10.00am to 1.30pm, Tuesday to Saturday. Admission is free and the sites close on bank holidays. For more information, please contact coneixpatrimoni@conselldeformentera.cat.

6 June 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

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Aid for Formentera's cultural heritage totals €250,000

The Formentera Office of Heritage is pleased to announce aid for work on cultural heritage sites and work to rehabilitate dry stone walls and bury overhead utility cables on the island. This year €250,000 has been set aside and the deadline to apply for the aid is 29 July. The terms of the offer have been posted to the BOIB and can also be found at www.conselldeformentera.cat.

Raquel Guasch, Councillor of Heritage, framed the 2022 call for applications as "the continuation and consolidation of a now three-year initiative and a clear statement to islanders about the importance of stewarding our heritage". She cast the money as "a chance to cement our heritage as a hallmark of our identity".

Of 25 grants and €192,278.40 in funding that was awarded last year, 17 went to wall rehabilitations (€125,911); 6 went to on-site interventions (€50,267.40) and 2 went to undergrounding power lines (€16,100).

This year funding for dry stone walls has been increased from 45% to 50%. The €250,000 budget will be split as follows: 35% for work on cultural heritage sites, 50% to rehabilitate dry stone walls and 15% to bury electrical and telephone lines.

Surplus aid may be applied in excess of those percentage allocations, with preference for dry stone wall rehabilitations, cultural heritage site work and utility line burials, in descending order of priority.

Submissions to the 2022 call can involve restoring, conserving, consolidating and rehabilitating assets of cultural heritage like cultural interest sites (BIC) and catalogued sites (BC), as well as assets included in Formentera's Cultural Heritage Catalogue and Inventory, provided that associated work improves and enhances the site in question.

Eligible dry stone wall projects will involve repairs performed using traditional materials and techniques, or swapping out concrete block walls or other unsuitable materials for traditionally fitted dry stone walls.

Finally, utility line burials eligible for subsidies will involve either power lines (medium voltage, transformer stations, low voltage distribution networks and individual connections) or telephone lines.

Applications for these grants can be sent to the Citizen's Information Office [Oficina d'Atenció a la Ciutadania,  Carrer Ramon Llull, 6] or to the Virtual Citizen's Information Office (OVAC), which can be accessed from the Consell de Formentera website.

6 May 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

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