Currently ERIH presents over 2,000 sites of all branches of industry from all European countries.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. 14 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.
The Theme Routes are arranged by branches of industries; supplementary 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.