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Museum of the Sedó Colony in Esparreguera

Description Practical information

The Sedó Company Town in Esparreguera, founded in 1846, was the first Catalan textile industry company town, and the largest to be built in Catalonia. The tour of the Sedó Company Town serves to reveal the site’s history and its different areas, as well as its unique system of hydraulic power and energy efficiency

The visit

An audiovisual recreation and original model of the Sedó Company Town introduce visitors to the history of this huge complex. The route around the Museum takes visitors inside a large hydraulic turbine, spectacular underground spaces and the pipes through which the water flowed.

The visit is rounded off by a tour of the company town itself, revealing the scale of the complex: the Broquetes waterfall, the aqueduct, the Sedó family home, the church, workers’ housing, theatre, school and chimneys.

History

The Sedó Colony was founded in 1846 by Miquel Puig i Catasús. In the second half of the nineteenth century, construction began on workers’ housing and on the expansion of the factory. Under Antoni Sedó i Pàmies, who took over from the son of Miquel Puig i Catasús, this industrial colony completed its expansion and educational process, taking on his name.

After the Spanish Civil War (1936 – 1939) the workers’ colony reached its greatest growth to become one of the largest and most important companies in Catalan economic history. However, this coincided with the first signs of the economic crisis which increased from the early 1970s leading to the closure of the factory in 1980.

The nucleus of the Museum is now found in one of the former industrial spaces of the factory.

Timetable

By appointment, Monday to Friday, on telephone no. 93 789 22 44.


Address

Carrer Contínues, s/n, 08292 Esparreguera, Barcelona

Contact

937 89 22 44