On my recent travels I popped into Madrid’s Museum of America, a favourite of mine since I first went there a few years ago. This is an overlooked gem of a museum, located to the north-west of the city center. There are so many fascinating artefacts here that you could easily spend days looking at them all in detail. Not having quite that long to spare, I made do with a few highlights which go some way to show the sheer breadth of the collection there.
Friday 9th June 2017 was International Archive Day and during that day I was lucky enough to be spending some time in one of the most culturally rich cities in Europe: Madrid. In previous posts, I’ve spoken about the most famous cultural attraction here – the Museo del Prado – and some of the lesser-known ones such as the Museo Cerralbo and the Naval Museum. Madrid contains many archives, museums and heritage sites, all worth their weight in gold due to the enormous wealth of history contained within them. I wanted to reflect on this history in the context of some of the things I’ve seen over the past few days here in the city, and to think about the connections which these institutions forge between the past and the present.
At last I can return to this blog! Yes, after another intense semester of work, finally all assignments have been handed in. Now I’m just waiting for the very last result for my last piece of work (fingers crossed!) which will finally draw the first year of my masters to a close. I’ll blog about that very interesting module specifically, and also my experiences and thoughts on the year, in a future post. For now it’s time to relax and unwind – which is exactly what I did on a short holiday in a country that I have grown to love very much. Here are a couple of selected images and thoughts on a couple of the less well-known museums which I visited there.