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January 30, 2005

Save the Giroud Verifier!

Speaking of infrastructure, I was shocked to read that Amsterdam's museum of energy generating equipment and lifts - EnergeticA - is threatened with closure; there's also a danger that its collection will be broken up. EnergericA is in an old power station and most of its exhibits relate to electricity rather than electronics. I never head of the place until I read about its plight in the paper yesteday, and to judge by its remarkably clunky website the whole thing is a volunteer-run anomaly. But there are pictures of old storehouses full of gauges, and the exhibits mentioned online include strange devices such as a Giroud Verifier used (in 1789) to test the purity of gas. A lively discussion of EnergeticA is to be found on the website of the UK Vintage Radio and Repair Association.

Posted by John Thackara at January 30, 2005 08:14 AM

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