Controversy over the decree to remove pieces from a museum in Santa Oliva

The decree of the City Council of Santa Oliva that requires the removal of objects deposited in one of the floors of the monastery and that the Association for the Dissemination of the Municipality's History (Adhso) has in that space has generated complaints from the entity.

The City Council argues a municipal report that warns of the presence of woodworm in pieces of wood and that it is advisable to remove it for treatment and preserve the space, structure and wooden beams of the monastery, "which is a cataloged architectural element of national interest" .

The report points out the need for "urgent action for termites" and recommends "immediately removing all the elements and furniture located in the museum room of the monastery building and that are affected."

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Adhso regrets the writing. He points out that the report speaks of termites when in any case it should refer to woodworm and that despite the fact that its incidence would be limited, "remains of the affectation are observed, but no specimen".

The objects form an ethnographic collection with pieces that the neighbors gave to the entity, among others on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the school, but there are also furniture and elements from an agricultural past.

The consistory points out that archaeologists from the General Directorate of Patrimoni of the Generalitat expose the need to remove these pieces for the same reasons. The City Council denies that the measure goes against someone and that it is based on technical criteria and that the objective is "to preserve the monastery."


He points out the need for treatment by an expert to eliminate insects and that in the coming months it should be monitored whether other elements of the building have been affected by the situation.

But Adhso rejects the decree to withdraw all this material. They consider it exaggerated to say that this limited infestation of woodworm could affect other elements. They also highlight that the entity's agenda includes the provision of carrying out treatments.

Adhso had contracted in June the sanitization services of the showroom with ozone dispensing machines, but it could not be carried out due to the entity's lack of cash. Given the urgency of the instructions issued, members of Adhso have assumed the costs, which are already being carried out.

The consistory explains that it does not kick anyone out. “Only the affected wooden elements will be removed, leaving the rest of iron or other materials” and asks for understanding for the transfer of the affected pieces “to preserve one of the most outstanding spaces in the municipality.

Adhso asks to keep the ethnographic exhibition in the room and asks who would be responsible for the transfer guaranteeing the conservation of all pieces donated by the neighbors.

The entity criticizes in its networks a lack of information on the part of the consistory. “How can it be that four hundred-year-old wooden chests of drawers suddenly pose an obvious danger in a building where experts have neglected to check since 2009?” He also regrets the council's reaction to a situation that in some pieces has been going on since 2014 without observing any progression.


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