September 24 saw the inauguration of the Weapons Factory Museum in Mongiana (now the province of Vibo Valentia). The ceremony took place in the presence of local dignitaries and H.R.H. Princess Beatrice of Bourbon Two Sicilies. The Royal Ironworks and Weapons Factory of Mongiana, located in the territory once called Ferdinandea (Serre Calabresi) was established by the Bourbons and was home to foundry workers, craftsmen, clerks and military until the end of the 18th century, providing employment to over 1500 people. In 1845 a specific and highly innovative regulation established the work day to be no more than 8 hours and provided employees and their families with medical assistance and free education. The unification of Italy led to a progressive and inexorable crisis. With the opening of the Museo Mongiana the town has found renewed vigor.