The missions of SPARKOH!

An historic site

Since 1254

  • Step 1

    Step 1

    13th century : small-scale coalmining.

  • Step 2

    Step 2

    18th century : beginning of the industrialisation of coalmining activities.

  • Homme à la mine

    Step 3

    19th/20th century : the Crachet-Picquery site is one of many coalmines in the Borinage. Thousands of men, women and children work there.

  • Step 4

    Step 4

    After the 2nd World War : coalmining facilities are modernised, including the machine room and the metal pit-head frame, which is 64m tall.

  • Step 5

    Step 5

    1960: the “Crachet-Picquery” coalmine is permanently closed.

  • Step 6

    Step 6

    1989 : the pit-head frame, the Recette (now the Belvédère) and the Machine Room are listed as industrial heritage sites by the Walloon Region.

  • Step 7

    Step 7

    In the 1990s: the idea of giving Wallonia a centre dedicated to spreading the word about science and technology starts to take form.

  • Step 8

    Step 8

    1997 : architect Jean Nouvel is appointed to redesign the site.

  • Step 9

    Step 9

    2000 : the Pass, the Scientific Adventure Park (Parc d’Aventures Scientifiques et de Société – Pass) opens within the context of European Objective 1 funding for Hainaut.