The Museum tells its story
Inaugurated in 1994, the Museum tells the history of gas - from the era of its production for the coking process up to the advent of methane - and all its uses, from lighting to heating and to cooking.
By exhibiting collections ranging from the precision instruments of scientific laboratories to technical tools, which have characterised the history of lighting and heating, our Museum can accompany visitors through the history of gas and of Italy.
In 2008, on transfer of the Museum to our Turin office, we enhanced the exhibits with multimedia and interactive elements.
linear metres of documents
volumes, brochures and magazines
prints, photographs and posters
vintage equipment and instruments
Among the initiatives of 2018, it is worth mentioning the first collaboration with the Opera Barolo of Turin taking part in the "Beyond the journey... Giulia and Tancredi to discover Europe” exhibition, showing an old gas lamp and the model of the nineteenth-century Officina Gas in London and the Festival of Italian Archives that ended last June with "The Night of Archives", an evening during which a large part of the city archives and some museums were opened to the public.
Of note among the different initiatives relating to our business culture are:
Our library, which opened in 1984, has a collection of around 5,000 Italian and foreign books and magazines on the history and technology of gas, both manufactured and natural, dating from the XVII to the XX century, and numerous texts on chemistry and physics, history and technology of lighting and heating.
The newspaper archives are made up of specialist Italian and international texts and magazines on the gas, oil and methane industry from the 1930s to the 1960s. In addition, there are legal magazines and publications about the city of Turin.
Launched in the early 1980s to make the considerable wealth of documents on Italy’s technological revolution available to historians.
The starter collection was added to over the years to create a heritage of over 1,000 linear metres of documents, 6,000 books, leaflets and magazines, 35,000 prints, photographs and posters, 350 period devices and tools.
The documentation gathered can be divided into five categories:
- Main collection, composed of documents issued by the corporate bodies (Board of Directors, Board of Statutory Auditors, Supervisory Committees, Administrative and Management Committees) of Italgas and most of its subsidiaries and associated companies.
- Administrative documents, relating to Shareholders' Meetings and documents from the secretariats of the chief executive officers, chairmen and deputy chairmen that can now be consulted. The documentation, occasionally incomplete, dates from the end of the 1940s to the 1990s.
- Senior managers archive, composed of documents produced by chairmen, deputy chairmen and chief executive officers as part of their work activities for the company.
- Sales archive, composed of documents of the engineer Mario Sales (1910-2006), one of the company’s historic executives known for his considerable commitment and strong professionalism in making the Technical Division one of the key areas of the operating activities.
- Photographic, audio-visual and drawings archive, paying tribute through photographs, graphic art and audio-visual materials to the workshops, working methods, office buildings, gasometers and a variety of celebratory events.
ultimo aggiornamento 15 July 2020 04:09 UTC