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Cercs Mining Museum

Description Practical information

A visit to the inside of an original coal mine allows visitors to discover a century and a half of extraction. This museum shows the process of coal extraction and the hard life of the mine workers.

The visit

The permanent exhibition is divided into three spaces. The first is a presentation of coal, its extraction, the importance of mining infrastructures, transport and the classification process prior to its use, both as domestic and industrial fuel and as a primary source of electricity.

Secondly, visitors are shown what daily life in a mining community was like, with the mining colony of Sant Corneli and its people as a guiding thread through celebration, recreation, women’s work, school, dispensary, entrepreneurs and business, workers and their social and labour demands. Two audiovisual presentations of the most emblematic demands are screened: The events in Fígols in 1932 and The Protest of 1977.

Finally “The show of the mine” allows the visitor to understand the two extraction systems of current mining —underground and open— including  information on Carbones Pedraforca SA, the last mining company active in Berguedà. The museography proposed is designed to immerse the visitor in a history told from the future. The argument explains how archaeologists of the future go into the workshop of the mining company, discovering pieces that were used for mining extraction. From this point visitors will rediscover the world of mining through projections, holograms and innovative visual and sound effects.

History

Today, mining activity has disappeared in the region of Berguedà, which is why the Cercs Mining Museum is described as a centre for interpretation which establishes a relationship between technology and history. This centre for interpretation aims to explain and promote the many close links between coal and the geology, landscape, economy and population of Alt Berguedà.

 

Timetable

From January to July:

Weekdays from 10 am to 2 pm
Weekends and holidays from 10 am to 3 pm

Closed on Mondays, except public holidays

Easter:

Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 10 am to 7 pm

August:

Weekdays  from 10 am to 2 pm and from 4 pm to 7 pm
Weekends and holidays from 10 am to 7 pm

Open on Mondays

From September to 21 December:

Weekdays from 10 am to 2 pm
Weekends and public holidays from 10 am to 3 pm


Address

Plaça Sant Romà s/n, Cercs (Berguedà)

Contact

938240336
m.cercs@diba.cat