Closing Conference of the Project | The Water Museum

How do you set up a museum in 6 months?

Well, there is no magic formula. But clearly there are ingredients and models of good practice from which we can draw inspiration, learn and adapt.

For more than half a year, in Timișoara we made the transition from the city's former Water Plant to a community place, open to cultural and educational events, accessible for those passionate about industrial heritage and for those curious to know the stories of good water to drink.

In 6 months, over 20,000 people - children and adults - crossed the threshold of the Water Museum in Timișoara, exploring an attractive and modern museum space, built on the heritage and heritage of the former Timișoara Water Plant, put into operation on June 1, 1914.

At the end of the project, we invite you to discover together our recipe, but also the recipes of other technical museums in the country and abroad, in two days of conference and discussions for professionals, partners and beneficiaries.

In the closing weekend of the European Capital of Culture, at the Water Museum we talk about new beginnings and collaborations.


DAY 1, Thursday, December 7 

Part I: The project "Connecting the Water Museum to Timisoara's cultural network"

  • 10:30-10:45 Presentation Raluca Iacob, representative of the Centre for Projects Timițoara
  • 10:45-11:05 Presentation of the results of the project Connecting the Water Museum to Timișoara's the cultural network- Anabella Costache, project coordinator
  • 11:05-11:20 Presentation of the historical-architectural study "Water Plant No. 1 Urseni", architect Gabriela Pașcu
  • 11:20-11:40 Presentation of the heritage interpretation plan, Lucia Leca and Florentina Murea-Matache, National Heritage Institute 
  • 11:40-12:00 Questions and answers session
  • 12:00-13:30 Visit of the space, presentation of equipment and ways of cultural mediation and accessibility of the Water Museum, Loredana Leordean, project communication coordinator
  • 13:30-14:15 Lunch break

Part II: The importance of water museums

  • 14:15-14:40 Presentation Lucian Croitoru, "Leonida Truta" Water Museum, Cluj-Napoca
  • 14:40-15:00 Presentation Lucrezia Gigante, UNESCO Global Network of Water Museums
  • 15:00-15:30 Question and answer session

DAY 2, Friday, December 8 

  • 10:00-11:30 Panel: How do we develop communities around water museums? Guests: Dragoș Neamu, Drobeta Turnu-Severin Water Castle, Alexandru Olteanu, Centre for Architecture, Urban Culture and Landscape - Suceava Waterworks, Marina Batog, Reșița Virtual Museum. Moderator: Violeta Mihalache
  •  11:30-12:00 Coffee break
  • 12:00-14:00 Water Museum Community: conclusions and perspectives. Guests: project partners, artists, educators, volunteers, residents from neighbouring neighbourhoods, former employees of the plant, representatives of Timisoara City Hall and the Project Centre. Moderator: Violeta Mihalache
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The project is part of the national cultural programme "Timișoara – European Capital of Culture in 2023" and is funded through the Grow Timișoara 2023 programme, implemented by the Center for Projects Timișoara, with funds allocated from the state budget, through the budget of the Ministry of Culture.

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