The factory of the Panyos – A jewel of country

Manresa preserves the oldest river factory in Catalonia and southern Europe, a first-rate heritage element that is currently celebrating its bicentenary

In the city where you live, there are always a series of monuments that you have lived with for years and years, that you feel like yours and that in everyday life have become transparent. You walk past them and you don’t notice them because they’ve always been there. Rarely have you had the time and the mental state to get into its meaning.

And this happens in most citizens of this city – Manresa – with the “Panyos”, this old factory, which when we see it, we are impressed by its grandeur and the visual impact of so many windows – they say that as many as days has the year. However, we need to take a leap and move from the “foreground”, what is given to us directly, to the “background”, what it represents and means.

And we find a cultural asset of the first order, a key element of the Industrial Heritage of our country, the first factory – which may have this name – that is preserved and that with the necessary corrections can become visitable and be the benchmark of the industrialization of our country.

The documents at hand date the factory to the 1920s. Now it’s time to celebrate the bi-centenary. To this end, two years ago, a group of interested people met from the Museum of Technology of Manresa (historians, technical professional associations, members of the AMCTAIC, municipal technicians, Bages Study Center, Manresa Turisme …..) which started a research project and which has led to the celebration of two very participatory Conferences in which the debate has been very enriching.

It must be said that the factory is already recognized, which enjoys the qualification of BCIL (cultural asset of local interest) and appears in an immensity of texts and catalogs on the Catalan Industrial Heritage. It should also be noted that the City Council has recently carried out major repairs, especially on the roof of the factory, enough so that the structure is not endangered,

In these two years, an attempt has been made to delve into the meaning of the building and contemplate it in a much broader historical context, and to delve into its place within the context of the process of industrialization in Catalonia. It can be proclaimed that this process began in Bages and that the “Panyos” is the oldest material element, a symbol of Catalan industrialization.

The future of this “jewel of the country” will depend on the extent to which citizens understand its value, on the extent to which the Public Administrations (starting with our City Council) are involved. I am sure that the appearance of this monograph in Dovella magazine – in which most of the people who have taken part in the debates are involved, each from their own particular point of view, will mark a before and an after, will mark a milestone from which the future of the “Locks” is no longer a matter of city but a matter of country.

Josep Alabern Valentí.

President of the Association of the Museum of Science and Technology and Industrial Archeology of Catalonia (AMCTAIC).
Vice-president of the Fundació Aigües de Manresa – Junta de la Séquia.

The Panyos Technical Conference reinforces the idea of ​​the Manresa factory as a mainstay of the Catalan industrial revolution

Yesterday the third Technical Conference of the Panyos was held at the Museum of Technology of Manresa. The Conference is part of the celebration of the bicentenary of the construction of the Panyos factory, which has been in preparation since 2018.

The event was attended by the institutional presentation of the Mayor of Manresa, the Ilm. Sr. Marc Aloy, the councilor for culture, Mrs. Anna Crespo, and Josep Alabern, vice-president of the Fundació Aigües de Manresa-Junta de la Sèquia, were divided into two parts.

In the first part, Dr. Josep Oliveras Samitier, professor of regional geography at the Universitat Rovira i Virgili, spoke about Manresa in the beginnings of Catalan industrialization, highlighting the role of the Panyos factory as the initiator of the Catalan industrial revolution .

This was followed by the presentation of a monograph in the magazine Dovella dedicated exclusively to the Manresa factory, considered the first in Catalonia and throughout southern Europe. The presentation of the new issue of the magazine Dovella was given by Francesc Comas, historian and president of the Center d’Estudis del Bages and by Lluís Virós, historian and professor of economic history.

Forty people attended the event, where all the prevention measures, mask, disinfectant gels and social distancing between the attendees were complied with.

Next Sunday, the 11th, as part of the European Heritage Days, there will be guided tours of the Panyos factory from 10 am to 1 pm, where you can also purchase a copy of the magazine presented yesterday.

This October, Manresa will show off its cultural heritage at the European Heritage Days

From the 6th to the 11th of October, various activities have been prepared in Manresa in order to enjoy the city’s heritage. The activities will revolve mainly around the dry stone heritage, the Fàbrica dels Panyos and the Basilica de la Seu.

This resonant cultural event arrives all over Europe in October. The doors of monuments and heritage facilities around the world are open with guided tours and various activities to make them known and closer to the public. The objectives: to enjoy this cultural legacy and to make everyone aware of its cultural and social value.

Manresa has an exceptional cultural heritage with many emblematic elements and feels especially involved in this day. Despite the restrictions imposed by the health crisis, the city is offering a very attractive program of small group activities this year.

This year, the activities revolve mainly around three elements:

• The dry stone heritage, declared an Intangible Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO in 2018 and of which we have a large number of witnesses in Manresa. To make it known, there is the exhibition “Tota pedra fa paret” in the Casa Lluvià (carrer de l’Arquitecte Oms), which can be visited until October 18 from Wednesday to Saturday from 18 to 20.30 h. On Tuesday the 6th, at 7.30 pm, in the Casa Lluvià itself, there will be a lecture by Jaume Plans who will present the inventory of the dry stone elements in the municipality of Manresa, of which he is the author. And on Saturday the 10th there will be a guided tour of the Parc del Secà, where you can see live the restored terrace system and the different unique elements that are part of it.
As a unique activity, a small ad hoc show has been created with the title “Dry Stone Poems”, which includes a reading of poems by the author Nati Soler Alcaide, recited by the Manresa actors Txell Vall and Ivan Padilla and accompanied by the accordionist Guillem Anguera and the unique sound of the stone txalaparta by TXEK, which will take place on Friday 9 October in the courtyard of Casa Lluvià.

• The Panyos factory, the oldest preserved river factory and a symbol of the beginnings of industrialization in Catalonia, a cultural asset of national interest and one of the first 50 items listed in the Inventory of Spanish Industrial Heritage by the Instituto del Patrimonio Histórico of Spain. As part of the commemoration of the 200th anniversary of the beginnings of the factory, a day has been scheduled at the Museu de la Tècnica with a lecture by Dr. Josep Oliveras Samitier on Manresa on the beginnings of Catalan industrialization. The Bages Study Center will then present the monographic issue of the Dovella magazine dedicated to the Locks. And on Sunday the 11th the doors of the factory will reopen with guided tours from 10 am to 1 pm.

• The Basilica of the Cathedral, one of the most important Gothic churches in the country and the city’s heritage emblem. In this edition of the JEP, on Friday the 9th in the afternoon there will be the conference “Manresa and its county. From the arrival of the Carolingian power to the endowment of the year 1020” by Xavier Costa, doctor in Cultures Medieval and graduate in History. This paper is part of the “Cycle of Romanesque knowledge” that the Cathedral of Manresa will offer on 9, 23 and 30 October on the occasion of the Millennium of the redemption of the basilica.

In parallel to these events there will be the inauguration of the ceramic sculpture installation by Esperança Holgado “Anthropocene (Humans vs. Earth)” at the Museu de la Tècnica, also a visit to Manresa Cor de Catalunya organized by the Manresa Tourism and Fairs Foundation and open doors at the Manresa Museum, Carrer del Balç and the Manresa Cathedral.

This program of activities is possible thanks to the participation and collaboration of different people, entities, institutions and facilities with the impetus and coordination of Manresa City Council.

All activities are free, but due to the security measures resulting from the pandemic, capacity is limited and prior reservation is required to take part. Each activity has its own means of making a place reservation, as broken down in the attached program.

You can consult all the information of the activities in Manresa a

And the program of activities throughout Catalonia a

Parc de la Sèquia, UPC and BBVA renew their collaboration for the exhibition “Mathematics and life” until 2021

The three entities want to promote activities related to the world of mathematics, the basis of science and technology, and continue to bring them closer to the public in a practical and fun way.

The meeting was attended by Montserrat Alsina, professor-researcher in the Department of Mathematics at the UPC Manresa; Laia Muns, director of the Aigües de Manresa Foundation – Junta de la Sèquia; Eudald Serra, director of the Museu de la Tècnica de Manresa and Carles Caballero, director of the BBVA Customer Banking Center in Manresa.

The exhibition “Mathematics and Life”, conceived by UPC Manresa 10 years ago and which has toured several Catalan towns with great public success, mainly in schools, was inaugurated on 25 February at the Museu de la Tècnica de Manresa.

With the arrival of the pandemic and confinement, many reservations had to be canceled and visits restricted. For this reason, the organizing bodies consider that extending this course is essential for schools and families who have not been able to enjoy it to do so in the coming months.

The exhibition has several areas that relate the most everyday situations and spaces of life with the world of mathematics, such as our room, when we go out, when we go shopping, or even when we play sports or play. to board games. Among the new features are renewed panels focused on sustainability and digital transformation, at the suggestion of BBVA.

With the desire that students of all educational stages have their place in the exhibition, workshops and activities related to mathematics and science, technology, art … have also been devised.

The exhibition can be visited from Tuesday to Sunday from 10 am to 2 pm until June 30, 2021. Admission is free for BBVA customers. The program of activities and the educational offer can be consulted on the Parc de la Sèquia website.

The Museums of Manresa join the International Museum Day, which this year is celebrated in digital format

The Manresa facilities send a message of equality, future inclusion through a small video that can now be viewed on the City Council’s Youtube channel. In addition, we remind you that the museums and museum facilities of Manresa offer online resources during these days of confinement.

As every year, May 18 is International Museum Day (IMD), the major event organized by the International Museum Committee (ICOM) since 1977. It is a day designed to put museums at the center of attention and vindicate the work they do in the study, preservation and dissemination of the cultural heritage of all, but also in the role they play as cultural institutions in the development of society and in improving the well-being and cohesion of the community.

This year, in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic, it has been decided to keep the day going and make it virtual through technological resources and social networks. Therefore, a safe DIM is proposed for people, technologically open, accessible, plural and diverse.

With the motto proposed by ICOM this year, “Museums for equality: diversity and inclusion”, the International Museum Day 2020 aims to become a meeting point to celebrate diversity and to identify inequalities and overcome the prejudices in the stories that are constructed from museums.

Museums must be agents of transformation and, at a time like the present, they must participate constructively in the political, social and cultural realities of the community. The DIM can become a great opportunity to vindicate the role of museums in these difficult times.

The Museums of Manresa also wanted to be present on this day, sending a message of building a better, fairer and more egalitarian future. Museums are welcoming spaces, where the past and the present meet to reflect on the world in which we want to live. And, in the exceptional time we are living in, isolation must bring back the full awareness of the human condition: that we are part of a community. This message has been reflected in a small video that can already be seen on the Youtube channel of Manresa City Council and that will also be circulated through social networks.

In addition, we remind you that the museums and museum facilities of Manresa offer online resources during these days of confinement. You can view them at:

Museum of Manresa

Manresa Museum of Technology

Valentí Masachs Museum of Geology

Historical Museum of the Cathedral of Manresa

Cave Sanctuary Museum

Carrer del Balç Interpretation Center

Espai 1522. Manresa Ignasiana Interpretation Center

You will find all the information collected at:

The Parc de la Sèquia becomes part of the European NEMO network

The Museu de la Tècnica de Manresa is the first museum in Catalonia to be integrated into the network, where cultural entities and museums from countries in central Europe stand out.

During this month of April, the Parc de la Sèquia, through the Museu de la Tècnica de Manresa, has become part of the Network of European Museums Organizations (NEMO), a European project that was born in 1992 and has with the aim of representing state museums before the Council of Europe, giving voice to more than 30,000 museums in 40 European countries.

The NEMO network ensures museums as an integral part of the European lifestyle, promoting their work and value to European legislators, as well as offering museums training, information, networking and opportunities for group collaboration. of work that are grouped in areas such as digitization, creativity, education and promotion.

One of the main lines of work today is sustainability and the commitment to follow the UN recommendations to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the so-called 2030 agenda. The campaign used is that of #MuseumsforFuture and tools are offered to members to help them achieve these goals.

Every year the network holds the NEMO’s European Museum Conference, this year between 15 and 17 November in Croatia, where more than 200 museums and cultural heritage professionals usually meet where conferences, workshops and job opportunities are held. set between countries and facilities.

The Manresa Technical Museum is part of the Water Museums Global Network

Together with the AGBAR Museum, they are the first to be included in the whole of Spain

The Water Museums Global Network (WAMU-NET) is an initiative endorsed by the Intergovernmental Council of the Hydrological Program (UNESCO-IHP).

This network created in 2018, calls on individuals and institutions to take urgent action to repair our deteriorated relationship with the most precious liquid element on Earth and operate within the framework of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and the Technical Museum of Manresa, located in the old water reservoirs in the Sèquia de Manresa and with an exhibition dedicated to the history of this canal, is now also part of it.

Today, many water museums and institutions operate in isolation from one another. There is an urgent need to exchange experiences and best practices through a larger network, so that new perceptions and more sustainable management models can be developed for the emergence of a “new water culture”. “. In this perspective, museums can play a key role in water awareness education today, by linking ancient knowledge to contemporary agendas to develop sustainable solutions to the global water crisis.

Parc de la Sèquia is presented in Madrid

The medieval canal was presented at the FITUR fair by the Ministry of Agriculture’s program Caminos Naturales

This Friday,  the medieval canal de la Sèquia, and the Parc de la Sèquia, as the entity that manages the tourist and educational part, was presented at the FITUR fair in Madrid.

The presentation was given by Laia Muns, director of the Aigües de Manresa – Junta de la Sèquia Foundation, whose trade name is Parc de la Sèquia, and Eudald Serra, the director of the Museum of the Technique of Manresa.

The presentation took place within the stand of Caminos Naturales, a program of the Ministry of Agriculture, which is part of the Sèquia and which works to bring the population closer to the natural environment, promoting knowledge of nature. and landscapes, as well as rural development.

The FITUR trade fair receives more than 142,642 professionals and 110,848 general visitors each year, and is considered a global meeting place for tourism professionals, as well as the leading fair for the receiving and transmitting markets of Latin America.

Manresa will become the epicenter of a Central Catalonia STEAM project

The Fundació Aigües de Manresa – Junta de la Sèquia, the Polytechnic University of Catalonia and BBVA sign a contract for the launch of this innovative project

This Wednesday, December 18, the start of the STEAM project in action in Central Catalonia, within the framework of a collaboration agreement between the Polytechnic University of Catalonia and the Technical Museum of Manresa, was formalized in an act the Aigües de Manresa-Junta de la Sèquia Foundation, promoted by the mathematician Montse Alsina, from the UPC in Manresa, and Eudald Serra, director of the museum.

The event was attended by the Vice President of the Foundation, Josep Alabern, the director of the Foundation, Laia Muns, the director of the BBVA Client Banking Center in Manresa, Carles Caballero, and the UPC representative.

This is how the signing of the BBVA sponsorship contract was formalized, with the start of the new montage of the exhibition “The Mathematics and Life”, a central element of the project that will be interconnected with the permanent exhibitions. of the Museum of the technique. The sample was born in Manresa 10 years ago through the Caixa Manresa Foundation and the UPC’s math department. Since then, she has been curated by M. Alsina, a research professor in the Mathematics Department of the UPC in Manresa, and has returned to Catalonia in this decade with great public success. The exhibition is scheduled to open on January 31, 2020 at the Manresa Technical Museum. Among the new features, there will be renewed panels with a focus on sustainability and digital transformation, proposed by BBVA.

The STEAM project, from the acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics, will be a cross-cutting educational proposal that seeks to educate students based on their day-to-day experiences. In addition to the exhibition, multidisciplinary and interactive activities have been programmed, aimed at an audience of 3 to 18 years old, all of them designed and developed by the UPC Manresa. By now there are more than 2,000 students enrolled.

The organization wants the exhibition to become a pole of attraction for these types of activities and, at the same time, to be a speaker for those that take place in other places in the city or in Central Catalonia. One of the first activities will be precisely a training course for the guidance of STEAM activities, aimed at people interested in outreach and education, and with the aim of promoting industrial vocations linked to creativity and daily applications in day. (More course information at:

Twelve roosters for Baron de Balsareny

On December 21, the tradition that has been running on Saturday before Christmas will be repeated from 1584. The Mayor of Manresa will give 12 capons to Baron de Balsareny, and later there will be various activities in the castle of Balsareny

This Saturday, December 21, the Mayor of Manresa, Valentí Junyent, and the Representative of the Junta de la Sèquia, Josep Alabern, will recreate the historical tradition of handing over the 12 capons to the Baron de Balsareny, as a payment for the ‘authorization of the felling of trees of their property. The event will take place in Balsareny Castle.

The event will begin at 10.30 am, with the beginning of the parade of the base in the castle. Later, the mayor will deliver the capons, according to tradition, and the captain will deliver the capons. Later, at 12 noon, the castle’s doors will open to everyone, and you will be able to enjoy guided tours, children’s workshops, and a concert by the White Heaven Vocal Group. From 12.30 p.m., there will also be the presentation of the new giants of Balsareny, in Bernat and la Blanca.

The story of the capons

The tradition begins in the 14th century, when King Pere III gave the city of Manresa permission to build a dam on the river Llobregat to stop the water and divert some of it to the Sèquia Canal.

In 1583, a heavy flood carried the dam of the Manresans, just below the castle of Balsareny. The incident prompted an emergency intervention and Manresa workers cut down, without a permit, trees belonging to the baron of Balsareny Castle. The baron put a lawsuit in the city of Manresa in front of the lieutenant of Catalonia and the Royal Hearing, and won it.

That is why in 1584 a pact was signed, in which the Manresans were allowed to cut down baron trees, whenever they needed, and in return they were forced to pay a census of twelve capons. The census was paid until the confiscation abolished titles and royalties. However, at the beginning of the democratic councils the act of capons was restored, as an example of a twinning between Balsareny and Manresa.

This symbolic act is of great importance because thanks to the Sèquia, the city of Manresa was able to prosper economically and, at present, the water from the canal is the one that Aigües de Manresa is drinking water to cover the city of Manresa and other villages in the region. Bages.

The ants colonize the park of Can Font

An artistic installation based on a calligram of Joan Salvat-Papasseit completes the work of Parc de Can Font

This week, the work of the Can Font park has finished, following an idea that appeared in the project made by architects Josep Miravitlles and Àngels Mas in 2002. They consist of a whole series of ants, made of steel or steel Corten, which fill the wall that delimits the Can Font park with the Santpedor road, and are accompanied by the calligraphy of Joan Salvat-Papasseit titled “Les Formigues”. These will be accompanied by some vineyards that will finish covering the wall.

These works, promoted by the City Council of Manresa and with the support of Aigües de Manresa, have long been claimed by residents of the Santpedor road.

The Kapla game will once again occupy the Museum of Technology

CAE and Fundació Aigües de Manresa – Junta de la Sèquia have programmed the second edition of the Kapla activity at the Museum. It will be held on November 23rd and 24th at the Technical Museum and will allow you to play with about 25,000 pieces of wood in this game.

The CAE and the Fundació Aigües de Manresa – Junta de la Sèquia will bring to the Technical Museum about 25,000 pieces of the Kapla game so that the participants of the Kapla activity in the Museum can build, experiment and test their dexterity and creativity from this construction game.

This will be the second edition of this activity and the organization has introduced quite a lot about the previous edition. There will be 6 play areas that will occupy the totality of one of the ships of the Technical Museum, all of them with Kapla’s pieces as protagonists: a free play space – where each one can create their own constructions-; a collaborative construction that will be carried out during the two days; the construction of mandalas; a play space for the little ones; a zone of challenges and a space where spectacular videos of constructions made with Kapla pieces and images of their destruction will be projected.

This year, Kapla Solidari also attempts to give the Kapla Museum a solidarity dimension, which will allocate the money obtained from the project to improve the care of children and youth of the Althaia Foundation. People who want can make an economic contribution to this project and, in return, they will obtain some pieces of color, which they can add to the collaborative construction.

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