Industrial Heritage

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Industrial heritage encompasses a broad array of objects, structures, landscapes, and historical practices. It includes all of the social and material culture directly or indirectly related to the people engaged in the creation of infrastructure and the production and distribution of raw materials, objects, and energy.[1]


"The Industrial Revolution profoundly modified landscapes and life styles. The massive means employed to extract raw materials and exploit the minerals and agricultural products resulted in great achievements and grandiose constructions, testifying to the creative genius of humankind. It is importatnt to note that Industrial Heritage exists in all phases of human development. Therefore it is not only found in the 19th and 20th centuries, but as well for example in prehistoric, medieval times"[2]

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Historical harbour carnes in Kotka, Finland. Copyright: S. Tikkanen.

  1. Morin B. (2014) Industrial Heritage in Archaeology. In: Smith C. (eds) Encyclopedia of Global Archaeology. Springer, New York, NY.
  2. Falser, Michael 2001: [ Industrial Heritage Analysis]. World Heritage List and Tentative List. Is Industrial Heritage under-represented on the World Heritage List? Global Strategy Studies. UNESCO World Heritage Centre, p. 9