Madrid 1808. Ciudad y Protagonistas.Guided tour program


Centro Conde Duque. Calle Conde Duque, 9-11. Madrid

On second of May 1808, the people of Madrid rose up in armed rebellion against the French invader, starting the War of Independence in Spain. Two hundred years after this historic event marking the start of contemporary Spanish history, the exhibition Madrid 1808. Ciudad y Protagonistas provides a close and detailed view of the role played by the people of Madrid during the events that took place in the city.

Curated by Carmen del Moral Ruiz, lecturer of contemporary history at the Complutense University of Madrid, the exhibition gives an insight into the daily life at court in 1808, the main protagonists of the conflict, events during the Mutiny of Aranjuez, memories of the uprising and the repression of 3rd May, as well as the arrival of Joseph-Napoleon Bonaparte on the Spanish throne and the power vacuum that was left after his escape only a few months later.

The guided tour program organised by hablarenarte: traces a route in which various works and objects help to explain the causes of the conflict, describe how daily life changed in the city, and illustrate the consequences of the first battles between the French and the Spanish. The exhibition consists of valuable items and documents, many of them unpublished, from municipal historic memory collections, including the Museo de Historia, Hemeroteca Municipal, Biblioteca Histórica and Archivo de Villa.

Useful information

  • Closed program
  • Audience: general public
  • Days: Friday, Saturday and Sunday
  • Duration: Approximately 60 minutes
  • Times: Friday and Saturday (19:00); Sunday and public holidays (11:30)
  • Maximum number per group: 25
  • Booking not necessary (free entry until all places are taken)

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