Last testimony to the exploitation of coal in the Tarn region, the Cagnac-les-Mines departmental mine-mine brings both technical and social insights into seven centuries of coal-mining history.
The headlamp – assembly of planks and beams used for the construction and monitoring of the coal mining galleries – and the cage descent – leading the miners to the extraction site – enable the discovery of 350 meters of galleries reconstituted. The machines and tools are presented in a situation to better understand the work of the minor and his living conditions.
The Mining Museum invites you, during the visit, to “live the life of the miners”. Headed by a helmet, you descend to the bottom of the well and walk 350 m of underground galleries. Thanks to special effects, sound and light and a few atmospheric simulations, you are immersed in the universe of these underground workers.
Guided tours: from May to October: from 10 to 12h and from 14 to 18h.
The “Le Saut du Tarn” Museum: a showcase of local history
Cagnac-les-Mines and the presence of iron ore in the Decazeville basin, two industrialists from Toulouse decided in the 19th century to use the assets of the Tarn River, The Saut du Sabo “parade to build a factory which will operate in 1824. It will be extended by the installation in 1882 of a blast furnace and rolling mills for the manufacture and processing of cast iron and steel. Then, with electricity becoming an economic and industrial imperative, a hydroelectric plant was added in 1889.
In 1925, 2,500 workers participated in the life of this ensemble and its influence.
In the sun of Albi. The hammer pestle. Jump of the Tarn
The collapse of the French steel industry led to the closure of the site in 1983.
A museum was installed in the former hydroelectric power station in 1995 and is today classified as a Historic Monument. It lives thanks to the active presence and tenacity of “its Ancients”
Do you know that the factory at Le Saut du Tarn used up to 3,800 workers in 1917? That the sound of the hammer-hammer could be heard at Cagnac-les-Mines? That parts of the boat “Le France” were molded at the Saut du Tarn?
Tracing the industrial epic of the 19th and 20th centuries, the museum is as much a testimony to the living conditions of the workers as to the methods of production. After having evolved in
the heart of the installations and multiple pieces of collections, the visitor ends the visit with a sound and light on a giant model and witnesses a surprising simulation of flood.
Open from 1st April to 15th November. Guided tours in July and August. Departure at 14h30
Since the 16th century, Albi has developed a long glass tradition, whether it be glass, food glass or art objects. The Verrerie Ouvrière d’Albi is the historical witness.
La Verrerie Ouvrière d’Albi, has been organized as a production cooperative since 1896. The workers can be members after three years of presence, the motto is “work, capital, talent”. The Verrerie Ouvrière d’Albi, which everyone calls here VOA, was born in 1896 under the impulse of Jean Jaurès.
In accordance with the principles of this great politician, the VOA has always placed the worker at the heart of the trade. “The quality of the men makes the quality of the glass” as the motto of the house employs today about 300 people.
The time for glass blowers has gone by: machines manufacture fifty bottles per minute. Giant ovens, molten raw materials, splashes of color … by visiting this company which is part of the industrial heritage of Midi-Pyrénées, you will discover the manufacturing processes that enable it to come out today a million bottles a day.
The VOA bottles, exported in some twenty countries, are mainly made from recovered and recycled glass. These bottles are distinguished by their colors whose repertoire is in cinnamon, dead leaf, extra-black, extra-white, etc.
Since 1980, VOA Verrerie d’Albi has recycled all glass collected in the Midi Pyrenees. For several years now, VOA Verrerie d’Albi has developed an environmental approach that has allowed it to divide emissions of dust by 10 and by two its emissions of sulfur oxide, and its water consumption is reduced each year.
Visits in July and August by reservation near the Tourist Office of Albi.