Industrial heritage

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Engelsberg Ironworks, Sweden
Aerial imagery of abandoned cellulose factory "Attisholz Areal", Riedholz, Switzerland.
Harrisville Historic District, New Hampshire, USA
James Watt's workshop
Reconstructed historical factory in Žilina (Slovakia) for production of safety matches. Originally built in 1915 for the business firm Wittenberg and son.

Industrial heritage refers to the physical remains of the history of technology and industry, such as manufacturing and mining sites, as well as power and transportation infrastructure. Another definition expands this scope so that the term also covers places used for social activities related to industry such as housing, museums, education or religious worship, among other structures with values from a variety of fields in order to highlight the interdisciplinary character of industrial heritage.[1] It is also argued that it includes the so-called sociofacts or aspects of social and institutional organizations, and mentifacts that constitute the attitudinal characteristics and value systems industrial heritage sites.[2]

The scientific study of industrial remains is called industrial archaeology. The industrial heritage of a region is an aspect of its cultural heritage. It also forms part of a location's identity as it serves as evidence of progress and landmark achievements.[3] The international organization dedicated to the study and preservation of such is The International Committee for the Conservation of the Industrial Heritage, known as TICCIH. These initiatives are partly driven by an interest in innovation and ingenuity or efforts to compensate for irreparable loss.[3]

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  1. ^ Douet, James (2016). Industrial Heritage Re-tooled: The TICCIH Guide to Industrial Heritage Conservation. Oxon: Routledge. p. 232. ISBN 9781629582030.
  2. ^ Xie, Philip Feifan (2015). Industrial Heritage Tourism. Bristol: Channel View Publications. p. 59. ISBN 9781845415136.
  3. ^ a b Alfrey, Judith; Putnam, Tim (2003-09-02). The Industrial Heritage: Managing Resources and Uses. Routledge. ISBN 9781134912278.

Further reading[edit]

  • Douet, J, (ed.). Industrial Heritage Re-tooled: The TICCIH guide to Industrial Heritage Conservation. Lancaster: Carnegie. 2012. pp. 244 ISBN 978-1-85936-218-1
  • Itzen, P., Müller, Chr. (eds), The Invention of Industrial Pasts: Heritage, political culture and economic debates in Great Britain and Germany, 1850-2010, Augsburg: Wissner. 2013. pp. 184 ISBN 978-3-89639-910-6.
  • Oevermann, H., Mieg, H. A. (eds). Industrial Heritage Sites in Transformation: Clash of Discourses. London, New York: Routledge. 2014. pp. 222 ISBN 978-0415745284.
  • Christian Wicke, Stefan Berger, and Jana Golombek (eds), Industrial Heritage and Regional Identities. London: Routledge. 2018. pp. 245ISBN 9781138241169.

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