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Pirelli Historical Archives

The Pirelli Historical Archives store documents on the history and activity of the company from its establishment (in 1872) to the current day. Over 3.5 linear kilometres of photographs, drawings, posters, documents, audiovisuals and publications, including the “Pirelli” magazine published from 1948 to 1972.

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Fondazione Pirelli Educational

Free educational and creative programmes for schools with the main goal of presenting the world of manufacturing and employment to young people and introducing them to the Pirelli corporate cultures values.

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The Pirelli Foundation was established in 2009 at the request of the Group and of the Pirelli family, in order to protect and disseminate knowledge of the company's cultural, historical and contemporary heritage and to promote its business culture. The objectives of the Foundation include: reorganising, archiving, cataloguing and enhancing the value of its heritage by means of an extensive project entailing the recovery, restoration and computerisation of documents. Its activities include: guided tours, exhibitions, teaching workshops with the Fondazione Pirelli Educational programme, conventions and initiatives in partnership with other cultural institutions. The Historic Archive, which is also available for on-line consultation, comprises the documentation produced by the company from its year of establishment, 1872, to date, along with a technical-scientific library, photographic images, diagrams, posters, original sketches and audio-visual material. At the Foundation HQ, visitors can admire “la Ricerca scientifica” (scientific research), a mosaic accomplished in 1961 based on a sketch by Renato Guttuso, as well as consult the famous “Pirelli” magazine, which was at the heart of Italian cultural debate, published between 1948 and 1972; some of the most important names in the history of Italian culture, journalism and literature have published work in this magazine. In 1972, the Archives Superintendence for the Lombardy region declared the archive to be "of considerable historical interest". The Pirelli Foundation is headquartered at “Fabbricato 134”, a historical building in the former Pirelli industrial district at the heart of a major urban redevelopment project in 1985 called "Progetto Biccocca", a symbol of transformation from the industrial age to the post-industrial era.