The Asland Cement Museum in Castellar de n’Hug recently opened a new multifunctional hall, created by refurbishing a section of the premises previously used as a storeroom. The new hall, covering an area of 60 m2, is currently the venue for the screening of the audiovisual presentation welcoming visitors to the Museum, Work in the Factory, and will provide a space for staging talks, meetings, workshops and other activities.The new hall is located right alongside the reception and visitor welcome area.
The adaptation of this new space represents a major step forward for the Museum, as this type of activity was previously staged in the exhibition Gallery located alongside the visitor centre. Thanks to this project, the Museum now has this space free for exclusive use by temporary travelling exhibitions.
The total cost of the work was 28,000 euros, funded jointly by Castellar de n'Hug Local Council and the Museum of Science and Technology of Catalonia.
The Asland cement factory at the Clot del Moro site in the town of Castellar de n'Hug, closed down in the 1970s. The remains visible today still reveal the spectacular nature of one of the most outstanding manufacturing complexes of Catalan industrialisation, standing within a unique natural setting. The factory began a new life in 2002, becoming the Asland Cement Factory of Castellar de n’Hug, thanks to the creation of a visitor centre and an external route around the industrial ruins of the factory.
The Asland industrial cement complex is one of the three sites of the Museum of Science and Technology of Catalonia (mNACTEC), and forms a part of its Territorial System, comprising 26 centres explaining the industrialisation of Catalonia. In 2005 it was declared and Asset of National Cultural Interest by the Autonomous Regional Government of Catalonia.