The Cabildo de Tenerife reopens the doors of the Museum of History and Anthropology, based in Letter House, after completion of the conditioning works; and it does so with a cultural program loaded with news and activities for visitors. The exhibition Memory threads is the main bet of this new stage, which shows the historical and cultural context of various textile objects and gives relevance to the role of Canarian women.
The Minister for Museums, Concepción Rivero, invites you to “rediscover the Museum of History and Anthropology, which has been refurbished”, and highlights that “the exhibition Threads of memory initiates a new exhibition philosophy and highlights the role of Canarian women in history through textiles ”.
This new exhibition invites us to reflect on how textile heritage is related to collective memory, with the aim of creating cultural identity. “It is a process of invention and reflection on the relationships between the materialization and symbolization of objects, bodies, discourses and textile practices in an increasingly patrimonialized present,” Rivero clarifies.
In addition, he points out that with this commitment “a new line is opened in which the museum not only presents the objects, but also invites them to challenge us or raise questions, to speak beyond the textile itself and its function, such as rituals, hygiene or bodily behaviors; and, especially, to value women’s textile crafts, which have always been considered non-productive work ”.
The coordinator of the Museum of History and Anthropology, Marina Barreto, points out that in Museums of Tenerife “it is advocated to promote the debate on the role of museums in the interpretation and representation of textile stories, understood as powerful metaphors that explain knots, lattices, warps, seams and folds of collective memories ”.
Barreto also explains that “this exhibition is procedural, so it is not closed and will change over time, within this new philosophy, in which the museum intends to look for other voices and other discourses, so that it is a process more participatory ”.
This activity opens a new period at Casa de Carta, which has been closed since the declaration of the state of alarm in March 2020 by COVID-19, as a result of the access restrictions dictated by the health authorities.
During this time, work has been carried out to prepare and improve the spaces and facilities, among which the renovation of the gardens and outdoor furniture and the provision of rest areas to create an aesthetic outdoor space that invites you to walk. and the tranquility.