Workshops on Thursday

Workshops on Thursday

The adventure of gas told to students of primary and secondary schools of Turin at the Italgas Historical Museum: from coal lighting up the city in the nineteenth century to the shift to natural gas.

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Since several years Italgas has been promoting educational projects addressed to students of primary and secondary schools in the Turin area. The “Thursday Workshops” (“Laboratori del giovedì”) take place at the Italgas Historical Museum, located in Corso Palermo 3, Turin.

With the assistance of the museum curator, students can learn more about the foundation and the development of the gas industry through objects, images and videos telling the journey from the early-1800s gas street lighting to today’s widespread use of natural gas, the Country’s most sustainable energy resource.

During the workshop, pupils can craft toy-model objects related with the gas industry history: while primary school children are called to create paper lampposts, secondary school students would build gasometers.

Thanks to the collaboration with COPAT, a company specialized in the realization of cultural activities, highly skilled tutors carry out amusing activities, teaching students about gas industry’s objects and symbols.

Primary school students can play for one day the role of the lamplighter, thus getting aware of the importance of such a job in the past, when workers used to light lamplights at dusk and shut them down at dawn. Crafting a lamppost allows children to feel the 1800s’ atmosphere, and to realize how Italgas’ original environment was.

Secondary school students project pivots on building a gasometer. Even if not used anymore, the iconic gas industry symbol still holds on in several Italian cities, such as Turin, Rome, and Naples.

Thanks to a complex infrastructure made of gas pipelines, storage sites, LNG regasification facilities and the city distribution system, nowadays methane gas is available in our cities. Back in 1800s, before Italian unification, gas was produced through the distillation of carbon and gasometers, which were composed by huge iron cylinders, were used to store gas in order to ensure supplies all year round.

At the end of the day, students bring home their works along with a better understanding of the gas industry history.

Schools interested in applying can submit requests to or call +39 (0)11 44 00 155 (mon-fri 9 A.M. – 4 P.M.)

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