The Story Loft
We could not locate the Pass here, in a place so evocative and so imbued with history, without mentioning the people who made the Borinage region.
Because their destiny is intertwined with our own story – it represents History with a capital H. Their work led to our technological and economic progress, their struggles gave birth to the social structures that provide the solidarity of our society, and the arrival of some of them in Belgium gave rise to the diversity of our culture...
The noise of the lift cage, the din of the pneumatic drills, the joyful cries of the children hurtling down the spoil heap, the brass band, the clamour of protesters... images of life passing by... immerse yourself the shadows of memory.
Slices of life
The exhibition is constructed around a projection on three giant screens. The three films, shown back-to-back, can be watched separately, but they respond to each other and complement each other: work, leisure, the social struggle – everything is linked. Around the screens, objects and documents tell the story of the workers’ and their families’ lives, encapsulating the history of this region – our history.