Leopoldina Rosa: a story of today
3 February to 13 June 2021
The Basque Maritime Museum presented “Leopoldina Rosa: a story of today”, an exhibition which comes from and was produced by the Zumalakarregi Museum in Ormaiztegi, a dual look at the phenomenon of migration between the 19th century and the present time.
The expedition by the frigate “Leopoldina Rosa”, which gives the exhibition its name, left Bayonne crammed with Basque migrants, and foundered on the coast of Uruguay in 1842. This voyage serves as a theme to analyse Basque migration in the 19th century and ongoing migratory processes in the present day.
The museum also wished to broaden the scope of the Zumalakarregi Museum’s migration project by taking a look at the migration phenomenon from the maritime perspective. The exhibition contains testimony from people who migrated from various locations to the coast of Gipuzkoa: sailors, fishermen, net-menders and a female cook.