industrial heritage


Industrial heritage refers to the physical remains of the
history of technology The history of technology is the history of the invention An invention is a unique or novel device, method, composition or process. The invention process is a process within an overall engineering Engineering is the use of scien ...
industry Industry may refer to: Economics * Industry (economics) In macroeconomics, an industry is a branch of an economy that produces a closely related set of raw materials, goods, or services. For example, one might refer to the wood 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. 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. The scientific study of industrial remains is called
industrial archaeology Industrial archaeology (IA) is the systematic study of material evidence associated with the Industry (manufacturing), industrial past. This evidence, collectively referred to as industrial heritage, includes buildings, machinery, artifacts, si ...
. The industrial heritage of a region is an aspect of its
cultural heritage Cultural heritage is the legacy of tangible and intangible heritage assetA heritage asset is an item that has value because of its contribution to a nation’s society, knowledge and/or culture. They are usually physical assets, but some countries ...
. It also forms part of a location's identity as it serves as evidence of progress and landmark achievements. The international organization dedicated to the study and preservation of such is
The International Committee for the Conservation of the Industrial Heritage The International Committee for the Conservation of the Industrial Heritage, usually known by its acronym TICCIH, is the international society dedicated to the study of industrial archaeology and the protection, promotion and interpretation of the i ...
, known as TICCIH. These initiatives are partly driven by an interest in innovation and ingenuity or efforts to compensate for irreparable loss.

See also

*List of industrial archaeology topics *List of notable industrial heritage sites *Industrial archaeology

United Kingdom

*Anson Engine Museum *Bratch *Armley Mills Industrial Museum *Blaenavon Industrial Landscape (Big Pit National Coal Museum and Blaenavon Ironworks) *Industrial archaeology of Dartmoor *Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust *Prestongrange Industrial Heritage Museum, East Lothian, Scotland *Prickwillow Museum *Rhondda Heritage Park *Scottish Industrial Railway Centre *Stretham Old Engine


*European Route of Industrial Heritage **The Industrial Heritage Trail, Ruhr, Germany *Ore Mountain Mining Region, Germany/Czech Republic *Pythagoras Mechanical Workshop Museum, Norrtälje, Sweden *Vizcaya Bridge, Biscay, Spain

Other regions

*Industrial heritage of Barbados *Melbourne Steam Traction Engine Club, Australia *Sloss Furnace, Birmingham, Alabama, USA *Soulé Steam Feed Works, USA *Asian Route of Industrial Heritage *The Modern Industrial Heritage Sites in Kyushu and Yamaguchi, Japan *The Tomioka Silk Mill and Related Industrial Heritage, Japan


Further reading

* Douet, J, (ed.). Industrial Heritage Re-tooled: The TICCIH guide to Industrial Heritage Conservation. Lancaster: Carnegie. 2012. pp. 244 * 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 . * Oevermann, H., Mieg, H. A. (eds). Industrial Heritage Sites in Transformation: Clash of Discourses. London, New York: Routledge. 2014. pp. 222 . * Christian Wicke, Stefan Berger, and Jana Golombek (eds), Industrial Heritage and Regional Identities. London: Routledge. 2018. pp. 245.

External links

"Industrial Heritage in All Regions", a list of links to industrial heritage sites in Great Britain, at
Project for the Italian Industrial Heritage promotion.
Asturian industrial heritage
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