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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.
Terrassa - city of chimneys


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

Museu de les AiguësMuseu de les AiguësThe van den Kerchove steam engine


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.'
It has three exhibition spaces dedicated to water as a substance, its properties and the history of water supply. The permanent exhibition is located inside a large modernist building, designed by the architect Josep Amargós i Samaranch (1849-1918). 
The plant was designed to raise water from the Llobregat aquifer. 
It is still a plant that is still operative where the original hydraulic steam engine coexists with the most modern drive pumps, and where past and present are interlinked. At the site water is today still pumped from the shafts leading down to the underground river. The oldest of these shafts, known as Fives-Lille, was built in 1905, and goes down to a depth of almost 35 metres.
On site there is lots of machinery including the 1909 stationary steam engines (most by 'Société Lyonnaise des Eaux'), still in working order (though now moved by electric motors); the boiler room where huge boilers once produced 3000 kg of steam per hour; and the electricity room with also four steam engines.
In the production area another cross-compound steam engine, built by the Belgian company s.a. Van den Kerchove
  can be admired. It was the first steam engine installed ca 1905.

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

Old and new contrast in the Poblenoucontrasts in the PoblenouThe three chimneys


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.
The construction of the Olympic Village on a former industrial site resulted in a considerable loss of historic fabric, but also helped grow public awareness of Barcelona´s industrial heritage.

Local associations, neighbourhood committees, stood up to save the symbols of their past -the buildings, the chimneys, collections and archives. The sometimes harsh actions of  groups of local grass-roots activists, historians, architects and local museums - from petitions, demonstrations to even occupation of old mills - lead to the saving and conversion of abandoned factories into civic centers and cultural facilities.

(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
Here, as in all of Barcelona, neighbourhood-based associations play a very important role.

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.