Castres. The Orti-Labessouille Waterworks Museum is growing

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The plumbing museum, located on the premises of the Orti-Labessouille company, is taking shape. Its administrators are trying to raise funds to open it to as many people as possible.

The history of Orti, a symbolic plumbing company from Castrese, will not be erased or buried. Since the takeover in 2018 by Arnaud Labessouille, this company has continued to develop while preserving the past and the memory of the work of the people who preceded it. In the process, Arnaud Labessouille, with the support of his brother Mathieu, created what he called at the time an “exhibition space” in July 2020, in the new premises of Orti-Labessouille, located on the rue d’Albi. But this place grew and today the Labessouille brothers managed to develop a real museum of plumbing. In addition to items found during the company’s move, they also received a large number of donations of unusual items, especially from former plumbers who worked in the region, but also in Paris. A faucet from Pierre Fabre’s former pharmacy, water valves that belonged to the Ritz Paris hotel, a coal boiler from the Lacaze castle… “We even have a board on which the thugs hung more than 30 meters. , in a vacuum, in the 1960s. It was part of their lifeline for certain craftsmen… Working conditions have developed a lot and we have proof of all that,” Arnaud Labssouille confided to us. The managers also collected many books on the history of the profession. The oldest dates back to 1810. “We have even books on the history of the De Dietrich brand, which even this company with which we have been cooperating since 1949 does not have in its archives,” added Mathieu Labessouille, who manages the donation proposals for the museum almost daily.

“I’ve been getting a lot of messages on social media. It’s going all over the place, I have to sort it out and deal with it as soon as I have a moment… It could almost be a full-time job!” He said.

A victim of his own success

As of now, the museum owns more than a hundred items, not counting those that have not yet been listed. “Some companies have even asked us if we could rent out our spaces to organize meetings or other events inside the museum. It’s incredible, we really didn’t expect that when we started this project,” confided Arnaud Labessouille, who wants now more than anything , to open this place to the general public. “We have set requirements at the national level and with the Region. Now we have to budget all this to bring the museum in line with the safety standards that are necessary for this type of place. We have to find the funds for this, but We are working on it! We really want everyone to be able to discover this great the story of the company and the work of a plumber,” concluded Arnaud Labessouille.

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