ONLINE TALK: Europa Nostra would like to invite you to our upcoming online lecture on Industrial Heritage in Europe. The lecture will be from 15.00-16.00 (GMT) on Wednesday 17th March 2021 and presented live using Zoom.
About the Talk:
It was only during the 1960s and 1970s that the physical remains of industrial activities came to be recognised as heritage. An appreciation of the values of this heritage, of its significance for a complete and balanced picture of the past, first emerged in the United Kingdom, the “first industrial nation”. But the awareness of the urgent need to study and preserve the industrial heritage soon spread to other countries, particularly with the de-industrialisation that took hold after the post-war decades of prosperity and growth.
The webinar will take a look at a selection of industrial and engineering sites throughout Europe, some of them—bridges, railway stations and a handful of factories—still in use, others transformed into museums and destinations for a great day out. Most however are former industrial buildings saved by adaptive re-use, the conversion of the built fabric to accommodate new, non-industrial uses. Most of the sites received the European Heritage Awards / Europa Nostra Awards as ‘outstanding achievements in the conservation, enhancement and adaptation to new uses of cultural heritage’. The Speaker is Paul Smith, a historian who has been living and working in France since the early 1970s. From 1986 to 2017 he was employed by the heritage directorate at the French Ministry of Culture, carrying out a variety of missions on industrial and transport-related heritage, now general secretary of the CILAC, France’s industrial archaeology association which publishes the review Patrimoine industriel. He is also a member of TICCIH and of Europa Nostra’s Industrial and Engineering Heritage Committee. In this role, he was one of the editors of the recent book: Industrial and Engineering Heritage in Europe, 50 winners of the European Heritage Awards / Europa Nostra Awards.
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