Evolving from an idea of the Owners, the Museum, and adjacent Historical Archives, are a superb example of the redevelopment of an industrial area within a company – the former spare parts warehouse – with the aim of conserving, promoting and recounting the history of a company that, from being a small family-run business, has become a leading multinational player in the industry.The Museum is also making an active contribution to consolidating a strong corporate identity, which for a company means recognising its roots and traditions and putting its growth and development on a level that embodies awareness and long-established ties.
The Museum and Archives are lively, dynamic places, continually evolving thanks to donations made periodically to the collection and events organised for the SDF Group, fans, customers, researchers and schools.
Alongside research and conservation, education is a museum’s main function, and this is one of the principal objectives of the Museum too. With its temporary exhibitions and guided visits, the Museum takes parts in educational and work placement projects for students.
The exhibition area has been set up as a showroom, with modern-day tractors taking centre stage, surrounded by vintage machines showcasing more than 85 years of history of the Group.
The results of the brilliant minds of the founders Francesco and Eugenio Cassani and with them generations of men and women who helped agricultural mechanisation take off in Italy, are all on display.
The Museum and Archives offer hands-on experience of how technology in agriculture has evolved, and give visitors a chance to find out more about an industry which has been the lifeblood of the country; a window on the world of agricultural mechanisation, its history and engineering, just a short distance away from the assembly lines and modern laboratory where the tractors and technologies of tomorrow are taking shape.
An easily accessible experience for everyone to discover, enjoy and find out about, with three areas to explore: machinery (an overview of production of the Group brands: SAME, Lamborghini Trattori, DEUTZ-FAHR, Hürlimann); technology (the development of engines and engineering that have made history); communication (sales literature, advertising and manuals, from brochures to fully comprehensive information).
The first area is all about tractors of course. The most important model is a milestone in agricultural mechanisation: the Cassani 40 hp dating from 1927, the world’s first tractor with diesel engine, reflecting all the engineering insight of Francesco and Eugenio Cassani, and their ability to anticipate developments in modern agriculture.
The Museum was declared “of exceptional interest” in 2011 by the Ministry of Culture and Heritage, Regional Directorate for Cultural and Local Heritage in Lombardy, pursuant to articles 10 and 13 of the Code of Cultural and Local Heritage (Italian Law Decree no. 42 of 22 January 2004). This recognition is in addition to SDF’s Historical Archives being declared “of particular historical importance” by the Ministry of Culture and Heritage in 2010.