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ERIH - Annual Conference 2015 - Registration is now open

21 to 23 October 2015 in Pilsen, Czech Republic


Call for Papers - ERIH Annual Conference 2015 - 21-23 October in Pilsen (CZ)

Conference subject: How to attract new Audiences?

New Ideas and Innovations for the Interpretation...


Invitation to tender for work contracts

For the implementation of the work programme in the framework of the CREATIVE EUROPE PROGRAMME ERIH...


to the European Route of Industrial Heritage, the tourism information network of industrial heritage in Europe. 

Currently we present about 1,200 sites in 43 European countries. Among these sites there are more than 80 Anchor Points which build the virtual ERIH main route. On eighteen Regional Routes you can discover the industrial history of these landscapes in detail. All sites relate to thirteen European Theme Routes which show the diversity of European industrial history and their common roots.


Anchor Point of the Day
Big Pit: National Coal Museum | Blaenavon

A small town – with a huge effect. The South Wales town of Blaenavon was once the spearhead...

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Anchor Points

Anchor points illustrate the complete range of European industrial history.
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Regional Routes

The Regional Routes link landscapes and sites which have left their mark on European industrial history.
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European Theme Routes

Theme Routes take up specific questions relating to European industrial history.
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History is always made by people. We present a selection of personalities who influenced the European industrial history.
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Do you know...

where the first factory on the European mainland was built?

In Ratingen, near Düsseldorf – the former Cromford Cotton Spinning Mill is now one of the sites of the Rhineland industrial Museum. At the end of the 18th century Johann Gottfried Brügelmann, an extremely rich merchant and textile magnate from Wuppertal decided to take a lesson from England (Cromford) – you can call this industrial espionage, if you like – and in 1784 he built what was most probably the first factory on the European mainland.

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