Under the name of the Museums of Esplugues, we include two sites related to the museums Can Tinturé and “La Rajoleta”. Both of them share the same subject and complement each other in their discourse about ceramics production. The two sites are situated geographically opposite each other, separated by Església street.
The Masoveria building which replaces Can Tinturé’s previous farm carries out the museum’s auxiliary functions: multi-purpose conference room, meeting room, administrative offices and space reserved for deposits and collections.
Can Tinturé exhibits the sample tile collection of Salvador Miquel. It is a type of ceramic tile of very affluent production, usually with a geometric theme, to reproduce a drawing infinitely. The collection essentially Catalan tiles, has more than three thousand pieces, ranging from the fourteenth century until the mid-nineteenth century. In other words, the collection ends when the factory “La Rajoleta” starts its activity.
Visiting the current exhibition of “The Rajoleta” introduces us to the background and early history and manufacture of the pottery factory “Pujol i Bausis” which acquired a very outstanding role of reference during the Modernism period. In spite of the provisional nature of the plants, the great variety and singular type of joining furnaces give some uniqueness to the whole.
Its mission is to work for the preservation, the collection, the study, the promotion and the propagation of the production of sample tiles and productive history of the Bausis i Pujol factory, as patrimonial axes and essential economic revitalization of Esplugues’ identity and the town’s external image. It is lso the interpretation of the historical, industrial and cultural ceramic heritage in Catalonia.
· To study, preserve and disseminate “The Rajoleta” as a site and a patrimonial industrial union, unique in Catalonia and in Spain that belongs to the collective memory of Esplugues and a benchmark of industrial ceramics in the country, especially during the modernism period.
· To study, preserve and disseminate the sample tile as an important of aspect of patrimonial culture.
· Promote a living space for meeting, social inclusion, promotion of science, knowledge, innovation and culture, open to dialogue and exchange of ideas.
·To be a reference projection and local identity, able to identify the town and to exercise collective symbolic reference of citizenship.
The museums of Esplugues aim to be a reference institution of the prestigious sample tile and the ceramics industry with special emphasis on the production during the Modernism period. It plans to achieve its objectives in an understandable and educational environment for all public visitors. Moreover, Museums of Esplugues is working to become a meeting place for identification and citizenship knowledge, research and information for students and researchers.