A valuable resource
The “Miradolo Castle Historical Archive” refers to the Massel/ Cacherano di Bricherasio families. After Sofia’s death the family archive was dismembered, some parts were lost and others were sold illegally, until it reached the Dioceses of Pinerolo and finally returned to its original home in Miradolo in 2016. The archive is a collection of every type of document dated from the 1600s to the 1900s and is essential for tracing and going deeper into the history of Miradolo Castle.
The historical archive contains 71 archive units from the 17th century to 1950.
The historical archive is currently undergoing inventory and cataloguing which will allow us to recreate not only the history of the place and the noble family who owned it but also to retrace relations with important exponents of cultural and industrial events in Piedmont and Italy. In fact, the kinship with the Marquises of Marmora, protagonists of the Italian Risorgimento, and with Corbetta Bellini di Lessolo, who owned the building where the Agricultural Academy in Turin is now located, are famous. Alliances with the Thaon di Revel family from the Kingdom of Sardinia are also documented, and of course with the Goria Gatti, Biscaretti di Ruffia and Agnelli family, with whom Emanuele Cacherano di Bricherasio founded FIAT in 1899.
The archive is a collection of documents belonging to different Piedmontese families.
What we did
The first part of the project was also financed thanks to the Piedmont Region, which allowed the first part of the archive inventory to start. One third of the archive units have been sorted and divided into numbered files.
Among the themes that emerged during the cataloguing process are: family cases, property management, private correspondence between family members, legal deeds, deeds of sale, genealogy of the Massel di Caresana family.
Conclude the cataloguing of documents in order to enrich the archive collection
Involve local schools in school work experience projects
Involve the public in promoting knowledge of the archive as a territorial resource