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Industrial Heritage Conservation and Climate Change

3:30 PM, martes 30 ago 2022 (1 hour 30 minutos)

Past efforts to conserve and interpret industrial heritage have rarely acknowledged the role of industry causing damaging environmental change. But todays obvious worldwide climate change inevitably impacts our thinking about conservation. This is why we propose a Roundtable session to encourage people to take a fresh look at environmental impacts of industrial heritage.

Already in the 1970s narratives of industrial history as a succession of triumphs began to be questioned.[1] Today, Andreas Malm even sees steam engines as beginning of global warming.[2] A new direction was taken, when Greta Thunberg stressed the importance of a scientific understanding of climate change. This will have a long-term effect on sciences, including conservation. Out of the communities of history of technology and of industrial history, answers are required to questions of a younger generation. New narratives will help us to work together to preserve industrial heritage.

Session outcome
It is intended that this session will generate a list of ideas, encourage collaborative research relationships and develop topics for the next TICCIH conference 2024.

Groups may discuss

· Narratives about industrial heritage and environmental change

· Old buildings and structures as environmentally positiveembodiedenergy

· Newwaysofpreserving heritage withclimate neutral techniques

· Possible relevance of the term “Anthropocene” to industrial heritage and cultural landscapes[3]

· Using heritage conservation knowledge for social sustainability in climate friendly projects.[4]


German Mining-Museum, Bochum
Professor for "Industrial Heritage Conservation" at THGA, Bochum
Ontario Secondary Schools Federation / Ottawa Carleton District School Board

Who's Attending 

  • Patrick Dieudonné
    Directeur adjoint, Université de Bretagne occidentale, Institut de Géoarchitecture, France
  • 1 other(s)
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