Dear STICK Friends,

STICK will attempt to send out entertaining and informative items on various subjects of interest to our network. We will also be using social media such as Twitter to keep in touch.

As a result of our recent survey it has been decided that mailings will be sent out every two weeks. This is the first of these. Any time-dependent items (such as online events) that come to our attention will be sent out as separate mailings if considered to be of interest to the network. This issue: Remember to book your free ticket for the STICK Spring Event. Also Europa Nostra online lecture on Industrial Heritage in Europe and Big Stuff conservation coatings webinar.

REMINDER: Tickets now available for STICK Spring Event!

Burning Issues: The Future of Fossil Fuels in Heritage Online Event

Thursday 22nd April 2021 followed by STICK AGM

Book your free ticket here.

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.

Register Now:

Please register for free using Eventbrite:

ONLINE WEBINAR: Big Stuff webinar with the title Coatings for industrial heritage

Monday 12 April 2021 at 12:00 (GMT)

The Big Stuff large technology conservation community are starting a series of webinars. As a result of COVID, online is a great way to keep talking between the Big Stuff conferences! These webinars will run twice a year, with the first one kicking off on Monday 12 April 2021 at 12:00 (GMT).

The webinar is open to anyone - register here by sending an email expressing interest through the Big Stuff Contact page. Big Stuff will send you the link in early April. These webinars are intended to get delegates talking. There will be a short talk to introduce the topic and to get things started, and then the “floor” will be open for participants to share thoughts and experiences. To start off for this first seminar Eva Wentland, an emerging Big Stuff conservator, will introduce the controversial topic of coatings for industrial heritage, with an emphasis on heritage exposed outdoors. The aim is to exchange experiences: which coatings do you all use? How can their performance be assessed after long-term exposure? How laborious are subsequent maintenance measures? Are they even possible?

Odds and Ends

International Women in Engineering Day (INWED): 23 June in 2021. Get all your INWED21 news by signing up to the newsletter or following on Twitter and Instagram @INWED1919.

Head to the Industrial Heritage Networks website to catch up on online talks and more. INH covers England only.

Society of Industrial Archaeology (USA) now has a Youtube channel. Catch up on recent online talks on North American industrial heritage and museums.

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