“… .. a permanent non-profit institution, at the service of society and its development, open to the public, which acquires, preserves, studies, transmits and exhibits the tangible and intangible heritage of humanity and its environment , for purposes of study, education and enjoyment.”
(Statute of the International Council of Museums)
Along with skiing, transport by cableway has become an industry which is evolving today even outside its traditional scope, constituting a significant item in the GDP of the countries which host the major manufacturers of ropeway installations, some of which have henceforth assumed the structure of the multinationals.
But this is only one of the consequences of the enormous development that, thanks to this means of transport, Italian winter tourism (nicknamed the “white circus”) has experienced, for which today an estimated figure of business of approximately 6.6 billion euros. This turnover therefore represents almost 3% of the national GDP and the contribution of the network of ropeways existing in Italy (more than 1700) is a fundamental support.
Over the past 10 years, considering that the technological evolution of ropeway transport is now reaching its peak in the mountain area, the idea of “land air” transport is gradually gaining ground in urban transport.
Despite everything, this means of transport does not yet have an entirely dedicated museum, devoted to its history and its technological evolution. Currently, with the exception of a section of the “Maison des Transports” in Lucerne and a fledgling ropeway museum in Kandersteg, both in Switzerland, a few small rooms inside technology museums (e.g. the Leonardo da Vinci Museum in Milan) or dedicated to the mountains in the broad sense (Museo Duca degli Abruzzi in Turin), there is no Cableway Transport Museum as such. That is, a structure capable of making historical objects, photographic material, technical documentation and a monographic library available to the public in one place or, at least with regard to technical documentation, of constituting the backbone of an archive network available to academics, researchers and technical schools.
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