An event organized by the Center d’Estudis del Bages to disseminate and value this historical legacy
This Friday will start the XII Heritage Days that the Bages Studies Center promotes every year. On this occasion, the conference will focus on mills, hydraulic devices and hydraulic culture in Bages, from a historical and current perspective. The aim is to recognize the importance of this heritage, which reflects societies’ adaptation to the natural environment and available resources, and also to promote its study, conservation and dissemination as a common good.
The conference will take place this Friday and Saturday, January 26 and 27, at the Masia de Can Font de la Serra de Manresa, and will have the participation of experts such as Jaume Perarnau Llorens, director of the National Museum of Science and Technology from Catalonia; Mireia Vila Cortina, historian and archaeologist; Rosa Serra Rotés, historian; Lluís Virós Pujolà, PhD in economics (economic history); Albert Fàbrega Enfedaque, historian; David Ferré Gispets, doctor in history, and Salvador Redó Martí, journalist and historian.
A visit to the Alzina mill, one of the complementary activities
As a complementary activity, on Saturday 3 February there will be a guided tour of the Alzina mill, in Castellbell and Vilar, by members of the El Brogit collective. This mill is an example of the survival and recovery of a hydraulic ingenuity that has been a witness to the history and culture of Bages. The visit will allow you to learn about the operation of the mill, its restoration and its heritage value.
The XII Bages Heritage Days are an opportunity to get closer to a little-known but relevant aspect of the territory’s history and identity. In addition, they are an invitation to reflect on the role of water as a natural resource and as an element of social cohesion, in a context of climate change and ecological crisis.