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Museu de la Vida Rural

L’Espluga de Francolí

<p>The three buildings that make up the Museum of Rural Life in Espluga de Francol&iacute;</p>

The three buildings that make up the Museum of Rural Life in Espluga de Francolí

The Museum of Rural Life was founded in 1988 to preserve and disseminate knowledge of the rural world. The importance of farmers and complementary rural occupations, as well as the culture, art and customs of traditional life are brought together in a discourse that emphasises values such as hard work, patience and saving. Visitors can see all this throughout the centuries up to the present day and even into the immediate future, as well as the major changes that have taken place in the countryside over the past 100 years.

In 2009 the MRL was extended and its exhibitions were renewed. Thanks to the latest audiovisual technology our rural past can now be seen in a more dynamic and educational manner.

The MRL is a benchmark cultural centre with a weekly programme of cultural activities, as well as temporary exhibitions. The museum has a website dedicated to education where its educational programme can be consulted.

SPACES

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A close-up from the Prologue Hall, the auditorium at the Museum of Rural Life (MVR) where the visit begins</span>.</p>
Prologue Hall
Prologue Hall
<p>The Trait&eacute; Hall displays a unique collection of rural ethnography, with a total of 84 sculpture.</p>
Traité Rural Ethnography Collection
Traité Rural Ethnography Collection
<p>The Museum of Rural Life has a unique collection of miniature scenes.</p>
Miniature Scenes
Miniature Scenes
<p>The collection with carts includes the tractor as a display of the evolution of machinery in the rural world.</p>
Hall of Carts
Hall of Carts
<p>The museum&rsquo;s ecological garden, with the waterwheel and sink in the background of the picture.</p>
The Ecological Garden
The Ecological Garden
<p>Scenic view of the hall devoted to the three main crops in the country: grapevines, wheat and olive trees.</p>
Agriculture
Agriculture
<p>The fourth storey of the old MVR building shows the traditional conservation methods.</p>
The destination of the harvests
The destination of the harvests
<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">One of the scenes in the museum: the farmhouse kitche. </span></p>
The Farmhouse Hearth
The Farmhouse Hearth
<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Glass cabinet devoted to the wood chopper&rsquo;s trade</span>.</p>
The Complementary Trades
The Complementary Trades
<p>These glass cabinets use a light change to show a period photograph on the outside and tools on the inside.</p>
La vida al poble
La vida al poble
<p>View of the fourth floor of the new building, with a collection of wild mushrooms in the foreground.</p>
The Site
The Site
<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Mechanisation Hall</span>.</p>
A Pathway to the Present
A Pathway to the Present
<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The hall where the visit to the MVR is full of reflections as we look to the future</span>.</p>
Resources of the Present to Look Toward the Future
Resources of the Present to Look Toward the Future

OBJECTS

<p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Swing Slaughter</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;">, Josep Trait&eacute;, 1987, terracotta sculpture, 61 &times; 38 &times; 30.5 cm</span>.</p>
Swine slaughter
Swine slaughter
<p>Going to Midnight Mass Late, Josep Trait&eacute;, 1990, terracotta sculpture , 34.5 &times; 21.5 &times; 27 cm</p>
Going to Midnight Mass
Going to Midnight Mass
<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">This diorama shows the Christmas </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">ti&oacute; </span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;">nativity scene built by Sergi Mass&oacute; from the Barcelona Miniature Scene Association</span></p>
The Christmas tió
The Christmas tió
<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Funeral cart from Santa Coloma de Queralt (La Conca de Barber&agrave;)</span>.</p>
Funeral cart
Funeral cart
<p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Carro de torn</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;">, second half of the 19</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">th</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> century, 360 &times; 192 &times; 167 cm</span>.</p>
Carro de torn
Carro de torn
<p>Tipcart. Second half of the 19<sup>th</sup> century. Size: 480 x 173 x 175 cm</p>
Tipcart
Tipcart
<p>Hanomag Barreiros R 335 tractor. Early 1960s.</p>
Hanomag Barreiros R 335 tracto...
Hanomag Barreiros R 335 tractor
<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Waterwheel, 19</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">th</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> century, Palma. </span></p>
Waterwheel
Waterwheel
<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The ecological garden of the Museum of Rural Life, built in 2014</span>.</p>
The garden
The garden
<p>A <em>trull</em> or olive oil press. First half of the 19<sup>th</sup> century. Size: 335 x 272 cm. Millstone: 3,200 kg (approx.)</p>
A trull or olive oil press
A trull or olive oil press
<p>Threshing roller. First half of the 19<sup>th</sup> century. Size: 130 x 95 x 107 cm</p>
Threshing roller
Threshing roller
<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Mural depicting the different stages in the traditional cultivation of wheat</span>.</p>
Wheat mural
Wheat mural
<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Wine presses in the old farmhouse of the Carulla family</span>.</p>
Wine presses
Wine presses
<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Close-up of a pantry where you can see different ways that food was conserve. </span></p>
Pantry
Pantry
<p>Birthing chair. Size: 104.5 x 74 x 52 cm</p>
Birthing chair
Birthing chair
<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Copper hot chocolate maker placed on the hearth in a kitchen</span>.</p>
Hot chocolate maker
Hot chocolate maker
<p>Blacksmith&rsquo;s anvil. Size: 62 x 20 x 30 cm</p>
Blacksmith’s anvil
Blacksmith’s anvil
<p>Jack plane, 1789. Artistically worked with an attractive legend. Size: 8.5 x 79 x 6 cm.</p>
Jack plane
Jack plane
<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Jar from the Carulla apothecary in L&rsquo;Espluga de Francol&iacute;, with hand-painted decorations</span>.</p>
Apothecary jar
Apothecary jar
<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Wafer receptacle with a roulette wheel. They were usually inscribed with the owner&rsquo;s name, in this case the wafer-maker Gerardo Fern&aacute;ndez</span>.</p>
Wafer-maker
Wafer-maker
<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Scale model of La Conca de Barber&agrave;, an inland county in Catalonia. </span></p>
La Conca de Barberà
La Conca de Barberà
<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The museum&rsquo;s herbarium, with more than 80 classified species from La Conca de Barber&agrave;</span>.</p>
The Herbarium
The Herbarium
<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Machine built in the J. Trepat factory in T&agrave;rrega (Urgell). </span></p>
Trepat reaping machine
Trepat reaping machine
<p>A Campe&oacute;n Type C2 water pump.</p>
A Campeón water pump
A Campeón water pump
<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Pitchforks hung in an eminently artistic installation at the end of the visit to the MVR</span>.</p>
Pitchforks
Pitchforks

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