„The yarns of the past weaving the future“: in line with its motto, the three neighbouring locations of the Museum of Woollen Textiles in Covilhã explore the traces of local wool processing over the centuries. There are plenty of them in the "Manchester of Portugal", ranging from the circular granite basins in today's university headquarters, where fabrics used to be dyed in large wooden tubs before being hot-washed in copper cauldrons, to the collection of historic textile equipment in the Royal Veiga Factory founded by José Mendes Veiga in 1784, to an open-air structure with metal bars on which textiles, fastened and stretched with nails, hung to dry in the sun as late as the mid-20th century. Those who want to delve deeper into the subject take part in one of the various textile workshops for visitors of all ages and experience what it feels like to card, spin and weave wool with your own hands. In order to fully grasp the diverse industrial heritage that is scattered throughout the city with its factories, drying yards, chimneys, machines, palaces and workers' quarters, finish off with one of the three guided themed tours of Covilhã.
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Tuesday - Saturday 10am-1pm, 2.30-6pm