Con il patrocinio del Comune di Casteggio

Museo Contadino Ferruccio Ferri


 

      A  Casteggio è  di recente apertura un Museo Contadino, sito in via Circonvallazione Cantù n.37, proprio di fronte alla Certosa Cantù.

La sua collocazione è particolarmente significativa: sul Pistornile, sotto la Chiesa di san Pietro, in direzione sud, addossato a robuste mura medievali. Si è cercato di conservare e valorizzare l’ambiente e gli edifici tradizionali (stalle, portici e fienile) per lasciar vivere un pezzo del vecchio paese, così come poteva essere alla fine dell’Ottocento o all’inizio del Novecento, a beneficio soprattutto dei più giovani, ma anche per rinverdire la memoria dei più anziani. L’atmosfera è quella umile ma suggestiva del mondo contadino. Attraverso un cancello si accede al cortile con resti del primitivo selciato, che introduce ad alcuni locali conservati come nelle loro funzioni originali: lo stallino, che un tempo ospitava “ l’asi d Madama” ed ora ospita le riproduzioni in cartapesta di un asino e di un mulo a grandezza naturale, la stalla, il portico, la porcilaia, il fienile, etc.

L’area e i muri esterni vengono utilizzati come esposizione di carretti, aratri, torchio ed attrezzi vari appartenenti al mondo rurale.

Percorrendo un breve sentiero che costeggia le antiche mura, si accede alla parte superiore, completamente ristrutturata nel rispetto dello stile originale.

Nel salone del primo piano sono raccolte le opere in miniatura di Giovanni Tambussi, appartenenti al Museo di Pei (PC), attrezzi agricoli, riproduzioni in cartapesta e legno di taglialegna e filatrice a grandezza naturale ed altro; questo spazio può anche essere adibito amostre od eventi.

Nella stanza attigua si è riprodotto l’ambiente domestico (cucina e camera da letto) di una casa contadina del passato con arredi, utensili ed oggetti di vario genere.

Il museo è dotato di ampi spazi all’aperto (cortileutilizzabili per eventi culturali e ricreativi.

In un area limitrofa, situata in un luogo suggestivo proprio di fronte all’entrata della Certosa, si trova un terreno con piante da frutto ed orto, che può essere coltivato e utilizzato soprattutto a scopo didattico, ma anche espositivo.

 

E’ stata fondata un’Associazione culturale che si propone come finalità ideale di educare ai valori etici della civiltà contadina.

La Provincia Pavese - 25 Marzo 2016
La Provincia Pavese - 25 Marzo 2016

THE MUSEUM OF COUNTRY LIFE "FERRUCCIO FERRI"

CASTEGGIO (PROVINCE OF

THE MUSEUM OF COUNTRY LIFE "FERRUCCIO FERRI"

CASTEGGIO (PROVINCE OF PAVIA) – ITALY

 

"Let’s go back to the way we used to be."

 

Casteggio (appr. 7,000 inhabitants) is a small town with an ancient history in the heart of the Oltrepo Pavese, a triangle of land south of the river Po in Lombardy.

Here the plain gradually gives way to the beautiful hills covered with vineyards, where vine growing goes way back in time (we find first mention of it in classical Greek and Roman authors).

Nowadays, the Oltrepo Pavese district is one of the most important in the field of Italian wine production.

The Museum of Country Life "Ferruccio Ferri" is situated in the upper part of Casteggio, on the hill called "Pistornile", just opposite the fine Certosa Cantù, a Carthusian Monastery recently restored, which is now an important Archaelogical Museum and the centre of the town cultural activities.

On the northern side, the Museum Ferruccio Ferri is bounded by the remains of medieval fortified walls and overlooked by Saint Peter’s church pointed steeple, which stands on the top of the hill and can be seen from all the surrounding roads and villages.

The Museum’s aim is also to preserve and enhance this area, the very heart of the town’s history, and to let it be what it used to be like in the end of 19th century and in the first part of the 20th. Something that the young and the next generations may not be able to see any more if new buildings unwisely spoil the landscape.

On entering the courtyard, the visitor can enjoy the atmosphere of country life, quiet and humble.

There are the original buildings: a barn, a cattleshed, a pigsty and a small stable where you can see lifesize copies of factory animals and country people. Then farm carts, wagons, ploughs, a washing tub, winepresses and tools used in a winery, a cobbler’s bench, a carpenter’s workbench, a smith’s forge and so on. A short pathway under the walls, among roses and capers, leads you to the upper part of the Museum, consisting of two rooms completely restored in the same style. The larger room contains the woodcraft collection by Giovanni Tambussi, reproducing farming tools and scenes, mainly miniature. Noteworthy are a lifesize group of three woodcutters and a spinner. The exhibition is also composed of wood winders, a wood turning lathe, a knife sharpener’s wheelbarrow, yokes and photos. The next room contains a small country kitchen, furniture, tools, pots, pans, miscellaneous objects of the late 19th century or the 20th century, and a plain bedroom.

The atmosphere is homely and picturesque.

 

FERRUCCIO FERRI wrote:
In 2003 I bought some degraded and ramshackle late 19th century buildings, mainly barns and cattlesheds, situated in the upper part of Casteggio. It’s the historical area of Pistornile, just opposite the Certosa Cantù, an 18th century Cartusian Monastery that now is the seat of the Archaeological Museum of the Oltrepo.

I did it in order to prevent them from being pulled down or changed into block of flats and garages.

I wanted them to be preserved together with all their history. I certainly did it for personal and sentimental reasons.

I inherited a house from my parents just next to these old buildings. I spent my childhood here, I have good memories and I always love coming back.

But I also believe that this place has to be preserved and handed down to posterity, so that the elderly can have a chance of re-living their memories and the younger of knowing the past.

Here people used to meet in the cowsheds and tell stories.

Children used to play in the lanes and open courtyards and women to gossip while doing the washing together.

So, after buying the buildings, I had the idea of creating a museum which could work together with the Archaeological Museum situated on the other side of the street. I fought for my project many years. I turned to the authorities, both political and economic, for support, I met a lot of people and I only got empty promises.

So I had to do it all by myself. In 2011 I retired and, thanks to my retirement bonus, I was able to restore the old buildings according to their original style.

In September 2011, the Museum “Ferruccio Ferri” was inaugurated, at last. A lot of people have helped me by making donations or giving their support. Most exhibits, some of which are noteworthy, come from their generosity. Now I feel really satisfied when I hear the visitors’ appreciation and positive comments. The elderly ones are happy to find again something they used to know and they thought lost. The younger ones just see things they didn’t know anything about. I hope it’s a beginning to go back to their roots for them. They are the future. But there’s no future without a past.

THE MUSEUM DOESN’T MEAN TO BE THE WITNESS OF A DEAD WORLD DUG UP ONLY TO BE DISPLAYED, BUT AIMS AT BEING THE WITNESS OF A LIVING WORLD THAT WANTS TO BUILD A BRIDGE TOWARDS THE FUTURE.

So, let’s go back to the way we used to be.

Associazione Culturale

"MUSEO CONTADINO

Ferruccio Ferri"

 

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Ore: 14.30 - 17.30

 

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