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EUROPEAN INDUSTRIAL AND TECHNICAL HERITAGE YEAR 2015

The campaign for ‘ 2015 European Industrial and Technical Heritage Year’ is now moving fast forward, and provokes more and more initiatives. It seems to become a real avalanche.

The campaign for a European industrial and technical heritage year arose from the grassroots and is growing bottom-up. Thus it demonstrates an exemplary example of citizens’ initiative and the power of associations.

Just some examples of what already has been announced and is planned for 2015

  • While a number of regions and some countries already have decided that their Open Heritage Days will focus on industrial and technical heritage, or aspects of it, the topic is at the agenda of the joint meeting of the Council of Europe and the European Union “Celebrating European Heritage Days – Local communities shaping the European dimension of Heritage” in Baku, 14-16 October (see attachment)
  • Recently three new thematic steering groups preparing border crossing initiatives for 2015 have been established (thus bringing the total up to six). A series of other themes has been proposed, which haven’t yet found a co-ordinating association. So, don’t hesitate to take the lead..
  • In many countries local initiatives are launched or announced, as for example an Iron Trail in the Decazeville area, the Causse Comtal (France), a project on bricks and brickworks in Gelderland (The Netherlands), special exhibitions (as an travelling one on 40 years of protecting industrial buildings 1975-2015 in Flanders), …
  • A series of conferences and meetings already have been announced:
    • the “ II International Seminar on Architectural & Industrial Heritage” in Madrid has been postponed to February next year to fit in the general programme of the European Industrial and Technical Heritage Year
    • the 12th Conference of the European Architectural Envisioning Association, to be held in Lodz in September, will include a session on the Image of (Industrial) Heritage, in the light of the European Industrial and Technical Heritage Year, and taking into consideration that the host city was one of the most important industrial centres of the 19th-century industrialisation in Europe
    • The ‘Flemish Week’ in Gdansk in March 2015 will include workshops on maritime and industrial heritage, to build links between Polish and Flemish institutes and associations, and to exchange expertise
    • etc…

It is clear that next European Industrial Heritage Weekend, taking place in Lyon October 24th– 26th will offer an excellent opportunity to exchange ideas about the 2015 European Industrial and Technical Heritage Year and to draw up a first list of initiatives and projects.
For the weekend participants from Belgium, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Switzerland, the UK,… and even Russia have already registered. Please keep in mind that for late bookings, after October 13, the participation fee goes up – so don’t hesitate to send us your registration form as soon as possible.
E-FAITH

the European Federation of Associations of Industrial and Technical Heritage
la Fédération européenne des Associations du Patrimoine Industriel et Technique
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secretariat @ e-faith.org
http://www.e-faith.org
p/a Vredelaan 72 – B-8500   Kortrijk – Flanders – Belgium
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2015 : EUROPEAN INDUSTRIAL AND TECHNICAL HERITAGE YEAR
2015 : ANNÉE EUROPÉENNE DU PATRIMOINE INDUSTRIEL ET TECHNIQUE
2015 : EUROPÄISCHES JAHR DES INDUSTRIELLEN UND TECHNISCHEN ERBES
2015 : AÑO EUROPEO DEL PATRIMONIO INDUSTRIAL Y TÉCNIC
2015 : ANNO EUROPEO DEL PATRIMONIO INDUSTRIALE E TECNICO
http://www.e-faith.org/home/?q=content/european-industrial-and-technical-heritage-year-2015
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