Currently ERIH presents over 2,100 sites of all branches of industry from all countries, that are partly or entirely considered part of Europe from a political, cultural or geographical point of view. The database of sites is continuously being expanded. In addition to the attractive presentation of industrial history, a key selection criterion for inclusion to the database is the accessibility of the site for visitors: during the usual tourist season in summer the location should be open at least two days a week.
Each site of ERIH's object database is assigned to one or more Theme Routes which are structured according to industrial sectors. 16 Theme Routes (with 44 sub-categories) focus on specific questions relating to European industrial history and reveal - offen in connection with the biographies - potential links between radically different industrial monuments all over Europe. Such as "The treasures of the Earth": what, where, when and how were they extracted from the ground? Or "Textile manufacturing": what were the milestones along the way from fibre to factory? Or "Transport and Communication": retracing the tracks of the industrial revolution. The result is a "circuit diagram" showing the connections between the main themes of European industrial heritage.
In addition to the selection by industry, you can also list
- company museums and sites that offer factory tours and
- industrial heritage properties on UNESCO's World Heritage List.
As an introduction to each Theme Route, we present the history of the development of the respective industry.