JOHN COCKERILL, 200 years of the future at La Boverie (Liège)
“John Cockerill, 200 years of the future" retraces the history of the industrial revolution in Wallonia and its social, economic, urban, environmental and educational effects. A genuine journey of discovery, the exhibition offers the visitor a voyage through time: a meeting with John Cockerill, an interactive model of the evolution of the landscape of the region through the ages, immersion in the legendary T12 locomotive and a look into the industry of today and tomorrow.
To visit the exhibition is to journey through 200 years of a magnificent saga and look ahead to the future!
The exhibition “John Cockerill, 200 years of the future” deals with:
• The story of John Cockerill, a visionary figure, entrepreneurial and daring, who bequeathed to his successors a tangible and intangible heritage still present today;
• The story of technologies, of technical exploits from the steam engine to solar boilers. The exhibition highlights the story of a company that has given rise to innovations in various fields;
• The story of the Cockerill establishments, which have traversed crises and wars and demonstrated amazing capacities for adaptation;
• The story of the landscapes of Seraing and Liège and their transformation, through the establishment of the factories, the canalisation of the Meuse, and the construction of bridges;
• The story of the mechanical and steelmaking branches of the Cockerill establishments, two branches that intertwine but have different destinies;
• The story of the Cockerill establishments through art, illustrated by paintings and objects coming mainly from the collections of the City of Liège and the MMIL (Maison de la Métallurgie et de l’Industrie de Liège [House of Metallurgy and Industry of Liege