Public History of the female prisons under the Franco regime. First seminar | The women prison of Ventas

September 20 to 23, 2023

The first Public History seminar about women’s prisons under the Franco regime will go through the case of Madrid’s Ventas prison (1931-1969). The three-day activity was designed as an introduction to the research on oral and written sources and in the theory of public history. It is part of the multilayered project about the memory of the disappeared prison of Ventas. Originally conceived as a “Model Prison” for women by Victoria Kent, with the Francoist triumph, the place ended up becoming the opposite: a gigantic “warehouse for female inmates” in which women and children were crammed into the worst conditions imaginable.

Coordinated by the professor Fernando Hernández Holgado of the University Complutense of Madrid and organized in collaboration with: Rosa Luxemburg Foundation, Herstóricas, La Atenea, Wikisfera, Kollontai Group, Museum of Popular Arts and Traditions – Autonomous University of Madrid, Angel Llorca Foundation, Public History Association, University Complutense of Madrid, and the EUROM – University of Barcelona’s Solidarity Foundation.