Inauguration of the new Menorca Talayotic area of the Museum of Menorca

May 19, 2024 | Current affairs, Featured, Interview, Portada, Post, Revista Lloseta, Thursday Daily Bulletin, Tradition

The Balearic Government subsidises the Menorca Talayotic Agency with 200,000 euros a year

The Director General of Culture, Ricarda Vicens, took part today, 18th May, in the inauguration of the new Menorca Talayotic area at the Museum of Menorca, an event that coincides with the celebration of International Museum Day. The Balearic Government, through the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sports, the Consell Insular de Menorca, through the Menorca Talayotic agency, and the Museum of Menorca have collaborated in the creation of this new space that will serve to disseminate the exceptional values of Talayotic Menorca, recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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New Menorca Talayotic area of the Museum of Menorca

In addition to the Director General of Culture of the Balearic Government, the event was attended by the Vice President and Councillor for the Environment of the Consell Insular de Menorca, Simón Gornés; the Director of the Museum of Menorca, Carol Desel; and the Director of the Menorca Talayotic Agency, Antoni Ferrer Rotger.

This new space aims to raise awareness of the exceptional values for which Menorca Talayotic received UNESCO World Heritage status in September 2023 and to complement it with the knowledge of prehistory and, more specifically, of the Talayotic culture, which can be found in the permanent rooms of the Museu de Menorca.

Ricarda Vicens pointed out that “this exhibition space will contribute to making people understand and appreciate why this island is an extraordinary territory”. The Director General of Culture also pointed out that “through dialogue and institutional collaboration, it is possible to reach meeting points that allow projects like this one to be set up”.

Since 2023, the Balearic Government has been subsidising this space with 200,000 euros a year, an aid that will serve, according to Vicens, to “add up to disseminating, protecting, conserving and, in short, highlighting the importance of this immense heritage of the island of Menorca”.

An audiovisual piece on the main characteristics of Menorca’s Talayotic world heritage opens the exhibition, followed by a large map of the island where visitors can locate the main prehistoric sites. The most outstanding figures and the criteria of universal value recognised by UNESCO are other of the contents of this new permanent space, which also includes replicas of some of the most emblematic pieces of the Talayotic culture that are kept in the museum, such as the statuette of Imhotep from Torre d’en Galmés or the arm from Torralba d’en Salort.

For his part, the vice-president of the Island Council of Menorca, Simón Gornés, stressed that this new room is a fundamental complement to the visit and knowledge of the sites of Talayotic Menorca: “We are talking about more than 1,500 archaeological sites, which means a minimum of two per km². This room will help visitors to learn about the main characteristics of the inscription as a world heritage site, what it means for Menorca and the management challenge to be faced”. In addition, the director of the Menorca Talayotic Agency, Antoni Ferrer, stressed that “one of the objectives of this room is to awaken visitors’ interest in learning about the sites”.