European Route of Industrial Heritage

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The European Route of Industrial Heritage (ERIH) is a network (theme route) of the most important industrial heritage sites in Europe. The aim of the project is to create interest for the common European Heritage of the Industrialisation and its remains. ERIH also wants to promote regions, towns and sites showing the industrial history and market them as visitor attractions in the leisure and tourism industry.

Anchor points[edit]

The – virtual – main route is built by the so-called Anchor Points. These are Industrial Heritage sites which are the historically most important and most attractive for visitors. The route leads through 13 countries thus far (in 2014): Great Britain, the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Czech Republic, Poland, Sweden, Norway and Denmark.[1]

A selection of sites includes:

Location Site Theme(s)
United Kingdom Amlwch Mynydd Parys and Porth Amlwch Mining, Transport and Communication
United Kingdom Birmingham Jewellery Quarter Production and Manufacturing
United Kingdom Blaenavon Big Pit National Coal Museum Mining
United Kingdom Bradford Saltaire Village Textile, Production and Manufacturing
United Kingdom Brentford Kew Bridge Steam Museum Energy, Water
United Kingdom Chatham, Kent Chatham Historic Dockyard Transport and Communication
United Kingdom Cromford Derwent Valley Mills Textile
United Kingdom Crynant Cefn Coed Colliery Museum Mining
United Kingdom Dundee Verdant Works Textile
United Kingdom Gloucester National Waterways Museum and Gloucester Dock Transport and Communication
United Kingdom Kidderminster Severn Valley Railway Transport and Communication
United Kingdom Lanark New Lanark Textiles
United Kingdom Liverpool Merseyside Maritime Museum Transport and Communication
United Kingdom Llanberis National Slate Museum Production and Manufacturing
United Kingdom Manchester Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester Textile, Production and Manufacturing, Energy, Transport and Communication
United Kingdom Newtongrange Scottish Mining Museum Mining
United Kingdom Northwich Lion Salt Works Production and Manufacturing
United Kingdom Penzance Geevor Tin Mine Mining
United Kingdom Rhondda Rhondda Heritage Park Mining
United Kingdom Sheffield Kelham Island Museum Iron and Steel, Production and Manufacturing, Energy
United Kingdom Stoke-on-Trent Gladstone Pottery Museum Production and Manufacturing
United Kingdom Swansea National Waterfront Museum Mining, Iron and Steel, Production and Manufacturing, Energy, Transport and Communication, Water
United Kingdom Tavistock Morwellham Quay Mining, Transport and Communication
United Kingdom Telford Ironbridge Gorge Museums Mining, Iron and Steel, Production and Manufacturing, Energy
United Kingdom Wakefield National Coal Mining Museum for England Mining
United Kingdom Waltham Abbey Waltham Abbey Royal Gunpowder Mills Mining, Production and Manufacturing
Netherlands Amsterdam Heineken Experience - Heineken Brewery Production and Manufacturing
Netherlands Enschede Museum of Textiles and Social Life Jannink Textile
Netherlands Haarlemmermeer Steam Pumping Station De Cruquius Energy, Water
Netherlands Kerkrade Museum of Industry INDUSTRION Mining, Production and Manufacturing
Netherlands Hengelo Museum of Technology HEIM Production and Manufacturing, Energy
Netherlands Rotterdam Wilhelmina Quays Production and Manufacturing, Transport and Communication
Netherlands Tilburg The Dutch Museum of Textiles Textile
Netherlands Zaandam Museum "Zaanse Schans" Energy, Water
Netherlands Zevenaar Brick Works De Panoven Production and Manufacturing
Belgium Beringen Flemish Coal Mining Museum Mining
Belgium La Louvière Mining Site Bois-du-Luc. Ecomusée Mining
Luxembourg Differdange Industry and Railway Park Fond-de-Gras Mining, Transport and Communication
France Petite-Rosselle La mine, Musée du Carreau Wendel Mining
Germany Brandenburg an der Havel Industrial Museum Iron and Steel
Germany Chemnitz Chemnitz Museum of Industry Textile, Production and Manufacturing, Energy, Transport and Communication
Germany Delmenhorst Nordwolle Textile
Germany Dortmund Westphalian Industrial Museum Zollern II/IV Colliery Mining
Germany Duisburg Landschaftspark Duisburg-Nord Iron and Steel
Germany Essen World Heritage Site Zollverein XII Colliery & Coking Plant Mining
Germany Euskirchen Rhineland Industrial Museum Mueller Cloth Mill Textile
Germany Goslar Mines of Rammelsberg World Heritage Site Mining
Germany Gräfenhainichen Ferropolis - Town of Iron Mining, Energy
Germany Hamburg Museum of Work Production and Manufacturing
Germany Hoyerswerda Lusatia Mining Museum Knappenrode Mining
Germany Lage Westphalian Industrial Museum Brick Works Lage Production and Manufacturing
Germany Lichterfeld Overburden Conveyor Bridge F60 Mining
Germany Merkers Merkers Adventure Mine Mining
Germany Nürnberg DB (German Railway) Museum Transport and Communication
Germany Oberhausen Gasometer next to CentrO Energy
Germany Papenburg Meyer Shipyard Production and Manufacturing
Germany Peenemünde Historical and Technical Information Centre Energy, Transport and Communication
Germany Selb European Industrial Museum of China Production and Manufacturing
Germany Solingen Rhineland Industrial Museum Hendrichs Drop Forge Production and Manufacturing
Germany Uebigau-Wahrenbrück Louise Briquette Works Mining, Energy
Germany Völklingen World Heritage Site Voelklingen Iron Works Iron and Steel
Germany Zehdenick Mildenberg Brick Work Park Production and Manufacturing
Germany Zwickau August Horch Museum Production and Manufacturing

Regional Routes[edit]

Regional Routes (like the Route der Industriekultur in the Ruhr) cover regions as where industrial history has left its mark.

European Theme Routes[edit]

Ten European Theme Routes show the diversity of industrial landscapes all over Europe and the common roots of industrial history:

  • Mining: The treasures of the Earth
  • Iron & Steel: The glow of the blast furnaces
  • Textiles: From fibre to fabrique
  • Production: Goods for the world
  • Energy: What makes us go
  • Transport & Communication: The tracks of the Industrial Revolution
  • Water: Blue Gold
  • Housing & Architecture
  • Service & Leisure Industry
  • Industrial Landscapes

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