Where do we meet and what will we visit ?
Friday October 20th
Museu de la Ciència i de la Tècnica de Catalunya
The Museum of Science and Industry of Catalonia is situated in Terrassa, once one of the textile centres of Catalonia.
The museum is housed in the iconic Vapor Aymerich, Amat i Jover, designed by the Catalan architect Lluís Muncunill for Messrs Aymerich, Amat i Jover in 1909.
The Vapor (the name given to the factory because of the steam engines that provided its power), covered the entire industrial process of wool transformation, from the delivery of the fleeces to the finished textiles.
The Museum of Science and Technology of Catalonia covers a total surface area of 22,200 m², 11,000 m² of which corresponds to the former rectangular shopfloor section of the Vapor Aymerich, Amat i Jover. This huge hall, which now houses the permanent exhibitions "Enérgeia", "The Textile Factory", "Homo Faber" and "Transport". The traditional sheds of a textile mill, are in the form of 161 Catalan brick vaults made, supported by 300 cast iron pillars.
|The railway reached Terrassa in 1856, and nowadays two lines serve the city. The first, operated by RENFE, connects with Barcelona and Lleida, and the second, operated by FGC, with Barcelona.|
|In the 19th century the city played an important role in the industrial revolution, specializing in woollen fabrics, and today there is a major Modernista legacy as a result of the city's importance at that time and the works of the architect Lluís Muncunill (1868-1931). Some of his architectural highlights include the Masia Freixa, the Aymerich, Amat i Jover Mill and the Farnés Warehouse.
But Terrassa offers more industrial heritage delights....
Saturday October 21st
The Museu Agbar de les Aigües in Cornellà del Llobregat
The Water Museum is situated in Cornellà del Llobregat and can be reached by public transport from Barcelona
- Metro L5 from the Sants Railway Station to Cornellà Centre,
- The Tram T1 or Tram T2 to Les Aigües,
- Buses 67,68,L74,L75,L82,L85
The mission of the museum is 'The Museu Agbar de les Aigües is a contemporary museum devoted to water, intended to promote knowledge and values through a living, learning and leisure experience.'
Sunday October 22nd
Guided visits in Barcelona: citizen's initiatives that were and are at the origins of the safeguarding of industrial heritage in Barcelona
Throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, Barcelona has been among the major manufacturing cities of the European continent, with the Catalan textile industry being of particular importance. But - as in most other towns and countries, from the mid-1970s, factories closed, were left empty and derelict.
(2005 - demonstration to save the Can Ricart textile mill)
This was certainly the case in some areas as the Poblenou and the Sants district, where the conservation of this architectural heritage has been a long-standing demand by local residents
The Poblenou was historically known as the 'Catalan Manchester' for its role as the city's industrial centre in the 19th and early 20th century. The Poblenou-based associations currently have three main objectives: impeding the densification of the area, maintaining its economic nature and preserving the industrial heritage that represents the identity of the neighbourhood. The Poblenou Industrial Heritage Commission catalogued the local heritage in the area and promotes its conservation
22@ , also known as 22@Barcelona and Districte de la innovació (innovation district) is the name given to an urban renewal area in Barcelona's formerly industrial area of Poblenou. Its aim is to convert Poblenou into the city's technological and innovation district, as well as to increase leisure and residential spaces - though a combination of new architecture and re-used buildfing.