The Virtual Museum of Women in Combat (Museo Virtual de la Mujer Combatiente – MVMC) aims to create a historical, visual, and educational space on the participation of women as combatants in the Spanish Civil War. The platform’s content is the result of the research project “Women at War: the life and legacy of combatant women in the Spanish Civil War”.
The project is based on research and documentation on women who were part of combat units during the conflict between the organizations of the Popular Front and the Government of the Second Republic with the insurgent military and its allies between 1936 and 1939.
To this end, we work on main national and international archives, as well as provincial or municipal archives, that contain military documentation of the period. It also includes contributions from family or private archives. This methodology facilitates collective data analysis, as well as reconstructing each of the documented combatants’ life experiences.
The project has collaborated with the Dirección General de Memoria-Vicepresidencia del Gobierno de España, Instituto de las Mujeres-Ministerio de Igualdad, Fundación Rosa de Luxemburg, and El Instituto Navarro de la Memoria. It also is supported by the Subdirección General de Archivos Estatales, La Fundación Anselmo Lorenzo (FAL), L’Arxiu Nacional de Catalunya, and el Pavelló de la República (CRAI-UB), as well as the NEXUS-UPF research group.
It contributes to the visualization and dissemination of historical facts associated with women who contributed to the defense of democratic values in fighting against European fascism in the first half of the twentieth century.
All society will benefit, especially the public between ages 14 and 17. The digital platform allows quick and visually appealing access to information while facilitating project sustainability and the implementation of new content.