Exhibition of Mining heritage photos held in Seron's town castle

Photographic Exhibition: Cervantes-Parraga family show collection

The town castle has opened to the public a photographic exhibition which takes a look back at the mining heritage of the area.

The exhibition, entitled ‘Las Menas, Mining heritage, Lost Images, 1915-1917’, consists of a collection of photos belonging to the Cervantes-Parraga family.

The exhibition, which is being held in the Casa de Cultura, consists of about 50 photographs which were taken between 1915-1917 at the Company ‘Mines et Chemins de Fer Bacares-Almería et Extensions’.

At the request of a worker in the mine, Francisco Cervantes de Haro, the photos were taken by the then Seron photographer Ramon Torres Rodriguez.

Not a lot is known about the photographer, although it is known that in the mid-1920s he left Seron for the United States, setting up a photo studio in New York with his daughter Lola.
For his part, Francisco Cervantes appears in snapshots as a young enthusiastic, fun entrepreneur. A professional out of the mining school of Vera he learnt his trade in Las Menas and became an important  mining entrepreneur and politician of his time.

The exhibition runs until August 31 and is open from 5pm to 9pm.

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