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The mining museum is 25 years old Union evolving (11/03/2011)

The new Mining Museum will feature five new sections that pay tribute to the people of La Union and the rewards that were offered the Sierra Minera.

The Union, March 11, 2011.

The Mining Museum of La Union is 25 years old, and does so under the guise of a municipality that advancing steadily toward the historical and cultural tourism, hence be prepared for major changes, including building a new headquarters that is called to be a national reference for its culture and its cutting edge architectural design.

This dream begins to take shape this summer, in the 25 th anniversary, just as, well, the Museum will officially recognize just two annexes which already have an extensive background of the Archaeology section of Portman, which shines the Roman Villa and Garden of Paturro, and Section of Ethnography, located in the village of Roche.

Although its location will remain in the former Labor Lyceum, the new Mining Museum double its surface to acquire adjoining land to complete the block, and maintain the exterior of the building now, but emptying the interior to the excavation of a basement of so that the result is a new building.

For James Guillen, the first director of the Mining Museum from 1985-1996, this project will culminate a dream he lived for the duration of office, "providing the mining heritage of the Union of decent facilities, such as those from which I fell in Madrid Rios Rosas Street (now the Historical Museum Don Felipe de Borbon y Grecia), covered central courtyard and two stories. "

This is a project that will invest 2.6 million euros and will merge four buildings in one, and that the Museum will join the first Regional Research Centre for Mining, a large room-auditorium, and the Temporary Exhibition Space, art spaces that will undoubtedly invite you to discover unionense mining heritage "from a new dimension."

Well understood by the current director, Raquel Hernandez, who said "this will mean further developments within the Museum, for his exhibition 'will be much richer, providing more information and closer, thanks to a more visual and interactive, "and that" we want the Mining is a living museum and participatory, where people get involved and feel as their own. "


With a surround museum approach, the new Mining Museum will be a multiple space "is" to show the history of an area dramatically spectacular landscapes, its business and its inhabitants, who paid homage at every turn, even patio, which will house a replica of eight feet of a derrick, a traditional symbol of the Sierra Minera.

The design of the exhibition area will feature five areas, the first one called 'Where it all began', a thematic unit closely linked to the earth sciences where the visitor enters a unique, dark atmosphere that brings you aspects related to subsurface land and allows you to highlight the beauty of minerals, in display cases like jewels lighted and treaties.

For his part, "Mining and Technology (XIX-XX centuries) 'form one of the largest and most comprehensive thematic museum because it will expose the majority of the pieces in the collection and artwork, contextualized through museum resources as the recreation of a mining gallery, they will invite you to discover and learn about the work inside and outside the mine.

'Living in a mining district "shall include objects and graphic displays, but also exalt the human element through oral testimony and recordings of people involved in the issues, recreating the experiences of an engineer, a worker or a child, and involving the visitors through a major treatment of black and white images.

The 'When it was over' will offer an audio-visual challenges posed by the future of the area based on the enhancement of cultural and historical heritage of the Union, while 'The Mining Heritage: routes and visits' offer, just end of the tour, information elsewhere in the municipality in which to visit the mining heritage, ethnographic and environment of La Union.

Source: Ayuntamiento de La Unión

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