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.

The future of the Panyos to debate

The Technical Museum of Manresa hosts the second technical seminars around the factory of Panyos that talk about uses and rehabilitation, with architects, and financing, with political leaders.

Last Friday, October 25th, the second technical seminar on the factory of Los Panyos was held at the Technical Museum of Manresa. Architects and historians put on the table the future of the building, its possible uses, advantages and limitations, and the search of financing.

The days were started with a talk by dr. Lluís Virós, which has allowed contextualising and placing all the participants, on the Miralda factory, the popular Panyos.

The conferences have had two round tables, the first, called “Technical intervention in industrial heritage”, moderated by Enric Massana, president of the Central Catalonia delegation of the College of architects of Catalonia, about uses. Much has been said about the flood of the area, a reef that for years has put an end to the fact of proposing uses in space. In what, if all the speakers agreed, it has been in the need to preserve the building, even without giving it a specific use. In this table were the architects Lluís Piqué, Clara Casas, Antoni Vilanova, Jordi Rogent and the honorary president of TICCIH, Eusebi Casanellas.

In the second table, in the afternoon, “Guidelines for the preservation and management of industrial heritage”, it has generated a more intense debate, as it focused on the political managers for the preservation and conservation of heritage. Moderated by Rosa Serra, and formed by Lluís Cerarols, Director of Territorial Services of the Department of Culture of the Generalitat of Catalonia, Joan Closa, Manager of Equipment Services, Urban Infrastructures and Architectural Heritage of the Diputació de Barcelona, ​​Araceli Esquerra, Councilor for the revitalization of the industrial colonies of the Consell Comarcal del Berguedà, David Aaron López, Town Planning Councilor and Anna Crespo, Councilor for Culture, both from the City Council of Manresa. Much funding has been talked about, asking directly about the ways in which they existed, and the possible uses. With the interventions it has become clear that it is essential to work in a network and as a whole to seek this financing, but at this time, Panyos are not priorities, because their intervention is not urgent, You have to work, to be prepared when the opportunity arises.

At the end of the conference, Mayor Valentí Junyent participated in the opening of the exhibition “Spaces recovered. The new uses of the Catalan industrial heritage “, and then the curator of the exhibition, Ferran Pont, gave a guided tour to those attending. The exhibition will be open until November 15th.

The exhibition Espais Recobrats. Els nous usos del patrimoni industrial català arrive to Manresa

The traveling exhibition claims the artistic, historical and landscape values ​​of industrial architecture and presents several examples of recovery of the industrial heritage in Catalonia

The exhibition can be visited from the 18th of October to the 15th of November 2019 at the Museum of the Technique of Manresa (Carretera de Santpedor, 55)

The exhibition has been co-produced by the Fundació Antigues Caixes Catalanes and the mNACTEC and arrives in Manresa with the help of the City Council of Manresa and the Technical Museum of Manresa.

The exhibition “Espais Recobrats. Els nous usos del patrimoni industrial català “explores the reuse of industrial heritage that has taken place over the last few decades in Catalonia. It is a project by the architect Ferran Pont and photographer Teresa Llordés, and has been co-produced by the Fundació Antigues Caixes Catalanes and the mNACTEC (Museu de la Ciència i la Tècnica de Catalunya).

The exhibition vindicates the artistic, historical and landscape values ​​of industrial architecture and presents examples of reinvention in this field, such as the conversion of old factories into museums, schools, libraries or shops. A broad repertoire of ways to address heritage reuse interventions, ranging from interventions of great transformation to those of a minimalist nature, emphasizes the maintenance of the industrial landscape.

La Fundació Aigües de Manresa – Junta de la Sèquia has decided to suspend the institutional activity until Friday and adheres to the general strike in response to the ruling of the Supreme

This decision entails the postponement of the technical conference around the Panyos "Los Panyos 1820. The first factory in Catalonia" that was to take place this Friday, 18th at the Museum of Technical of Manresa. The inauguration of the exhibition "Recreational Spaces" was also suspended, which was also held this Friday, October 18 at 5:00 PM at the Technical Museum of Manresa.
The employees of the Fundación Aigües de Manresa - the Board of the Acequia adhere to the general strike in response to the ruling of the Supreme, and the facilities it manages (the Casa de la Culla, the InfoSèquia, the Center of the Water of Can Font and the Museum of the Technique of Manresa) will be closed.
The Celebration of Panyos, scheduled for this weekend in front of the factory, remains. You can consult the programming of the activities in this link:

The 4th Fair of the Playmobil in Manresa exceeds the number of visitors of the last edition

More than 2,300 people attended the Technical Museum of Manresa that consolidates itself as the ideal place to welcome it

From Friday afternoon, until Sunday at 8:00 pm, the Technical Museum hosted the 4th Playmobil Fair, where more than 2,300 people have visited.

Visitors have been able to see, the star diorama of the Mauritanian ship, and as a novelty, they have also been able to do a tasting of the exhibition of the museum dedicated to the ribbon factory, which had a small circuit enabled to look for some of the hidden clicks.

In the coming days, they will be made public, through the social networks of the Parc de la Sèquia, the winners of the Click Amagat contest and Instagram’s photo competition.