Ravne Ironworks’ oldest preserved buildings – »štauharija« (swaging forge), »personal« (residential building) and the laboratory – were declared a cultural monument in 1994, and in 2002 they were donated to the Ravne na Koroškem Municipality.
Museum interpretation of the former Ravne Ironworks complex represents a great opportunity for expert promotion of industrial heritage in Koroška and Slovenia, and a chance for research and presentation of working-class culture.
The museum display will include equipment and machinery that was part of the open-air museum in Ravne Castle’s park (water-powered hammer, crane, locomotive), as well as machinery and equipment that Ravne Ironworks preserved with the intention of showcasing it (various types of hammers, electric arc furnace etc.). Steam boiler from a brickworks near Ljubljana and a press used in a Maribor factory dating back to 1890 will also be incorporated into the exhibition.
A wide variety of means of production, goods manufactured in ironworks, objects pertaining to different spheres of workers’ lives, documents and photographs are encompassed in the exhibition. The exceptionally large photo archive has been an invaluable source of information on the presented topics.
The project Slovenian Trail of Iron Culture (a society with the same name has also been founded) dates back to 2003 when, on the initiative of our Hungarian colleagues, the Ravne na Koroškem Municipality founded an initiative committee that united all Slovenian regional museums which hold ironmaking heritage, as well as the companies Štore Steel Ltd. and Kovintrade. The project’s objective is research of the history and lifestyle of workers in this industry, promotion of Slovenian iron- and steel-making heritage, and joining the European Iron Trail. A programme of activities was formulated by the initiative committee, and it resulted in an international panel discussion (Med 2007) and an exhibition that was prepared in cooperation with Slovenian museums and steelmaking companies. This exhibition is the first comprehensive overview presenting the ironmaking history on Slovenian territory, and at the same time pointing out Meža Valley’s role in the development of European ironmaking and steelmaking industry.
Contact: + 386 2 62 12 520 (reception) +386 2 62 12 564 (museum office)
Open: Tuesday - Friday from 9:00 to 15:00, Saturday from 9:00 to 13:00
Location: Koroška cesta 12, Ravne na Koroškem