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La Térmica Cultural brings the heritage of the Cordoba mining basin to Ponferrada

  • This temporary exhibition can be visited free of charge in the lobby of La Térmica Cultural until the end of the year.
  • This is an exhibition that brings the heritage of the Cordoba mining basin closer to the public.

From this Friday you can visit in La Térmica Cultural the new exhibition The coal of the Guadiato: cultural history of a mining regionorganized by the Cuenca del Guadiato Foundation and which aims to raise awareness of the extensive and varied heritage of this mining area of Cordoba. Located in the lobby of the facility, the exhibition can be visited free of charge until December 31. In addition, Ponferrada is the first stop on its itinerary after its inauguration last March in Peñarroya-Pueblonuevo (Córdoba).

María del Carmen García, president of the Guadiato Basin Foundation, and Manuel Ruiz, dean-president of the Official Association of Technical Engineers and Mining and Energy Degrees of Córdoba, accompanied by Yasodhara López and Concepción Fernández, general director and director of the area of museums, heritage and culture of the City of Energy Foundation (CIUDEN), respectively, have been in charge of making the presentation to the media this morning.

The Cuenca del Guadiato Foundation, in collaboration with the Official Association of Technical Engineers and Graduates in Mines and Energy of the province of Cordoba, recover in the exhibition The coal of the Guadiato: cultural history of a mining region a small part of the industrial legacy of this area of just transition. It is a heritage collection consisting of planimetries, photographs and objects of various kinds from the old mines, which arose thanks to the generous contributions of the citizens and entities of the Cordoba area.

Much of the heritage value of this exhibition lies in the very important contributions of entities and individuals who, with great generosity, have contributed by adding elements that greatly enhance the exhibition, especially with regard to the health theme.

Likewise, this new temporary exhibition responds to the line of work of La Térmica Cultural by hosting permanent and temporary exhibitions on topics related to energy and innovation, anthropology and culture and the mining and energy identity of the territory; as well as trying to give visibility to the activities and areas of just transition in the Spanish territory.

Living memory of Cordoba's industrial past

In 1788 a group of engineers discovered the first layers of coal in localities such as Espiel, Belmez, Valdeinfierno or Hontanilla. This discovery of 'black earth' was decisive for the development of the Guadiato Valley. The start-up of the Peñarroya-Pueblonuevo industrial fence, the construction of the railroad and the exploitation of mines such as Santa Rosa, La Terrible or La Luz by Encasur Endesa are some of the main milestones that have marked the history of this region in the north of the province of Córdoba.

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