Casa Duran i Sanpere

BAIXA

Location

Carrer Major, 115. Cervera
973 533 917
museu@museudecervera.cat
www.museudecervera.cat
The Duran i Sanpere Museum House was built in the middle of the Major Street in Cervera and became an example of a Catalan bourgeois home from the late years of the 19th Century. Crossing the threshold, walking through the halls, observing the distribution and enjoying the objects that fill the house gives a lot of information about the time, especially about the decoration of the interiors and the production of the consumer goods. Besides, it allows to understand aspects of the quotidian life of their inhabitants.

A walk through the reception rooms and the large halls decorated to exhibit to the society allows to understand a lineage, the Duran’s, deeply rooted to the social and political life of the city. The most intimate spaces of the house such as the private chapel, and the functional spaces such as the dining room, the office and the kitchen, talk about the family relationships and the way of life of the time and the transformations through the years when the house was inhabited.

Visit

The Duran i Sanpere Museum House is open from Tuesday to Sunday except on the 25th and 26th of December, the 1st and 6th of January and on Easter Monday. We distinguish between winter and summer opening times. We recommend calling or writing an email in advance in order to book a visit and to know the exact opening hours. The visits are always guided and for a maximum of 20 people for each visit.

During summer (from June to September both included), the house is open to the general public Tuesday through Saturday from 5 to 6 pm. During winter (from October to May both included), the house is open on Friday and on Saturday from 5 to 6 pm. However, throughout the year you can visit the house at other times with previous booking.

For more information museudecervera.cat

Agustí Duran and Hermínia Grau

Agustí Duran i Sanpere (Cervera, 1887 – Barcelona, 1975) was considered as one of the most relevant historians of the first half of the 20th Century. He was important not only for his prolific written work, but also for his unconditional task as a disseminator of the Catalan history and culture.

In 1917, he opted for the direction of the Historical Archive of the City of Barcelona (Arxiu Històric de la Ciutat de Barcelona). That was a position that he carried out until his retirement in 1957. In 1936, he was designated head of the Archives Section of Artistic, Scientific and Historical Heritage of the Government of Catalonia (Secció d’Arxius del Servei del Patrimoni historic, Artístic i Científic de la Generalitat de Catalunya). In addition, he assumed, during the war, the safeguard of the Catalan documentary heritage.

Once the war ended, and once he recovered from the purification process in which he was subdued, he returned to his professional activity with new and ambitious projects. He developed them successfully in Barcelona and in Cervera, where his footprint has never ceased to be present.

Agustí Duran married Hermínia Grau i Aymà (Barcelona, 1897-1982) in 1924. She was an intellectual that, due to her condition of being a woman, was kept in the shadow. Among her most close friends were Miquel Ferrà, Nicolau d’Olwer, Eduard Toda and the same Agustí Duran, with whom she participated actively in cultural meetings. All the good contemporary literature went through her hands and she assumed the Catalan translation of an interesting selection of books by leading authors in spirituality and the philosophy of the moment. We highlight, among others, her translation in 1968 of “El Segon Sexe” (“The Second Sex”) by Simone de Beauvoir.