At the beginning of July, the west of France traditionally focuses on its industrial heritage. In recent years this has always been a trans-regional campaign – "La Fête du Patrimoine Industriel" (Festival of Industrial Heritage) – with a central website. There is no such thing this time, but some sites (not as many as before) still celebrate
As always, the Wesserling Park Textile Ecomuseum is one of them. In fact this ERIH site in Husseren-Wesserling in Alsace originally launched the Festival of Industrial Heritage ten years ago. On 8 July it offers a colourful programme including guided tours, a graffiti performance, a photo exhibition in the boiler house made accessible for the first time, and a tasting of regional products.
The ERIH site Blast Furnace U4 in Uckange in Lorraine is also involved. A former worker and a member of the U4 team introduce visitors to the only listed blast furnace in France without omitting the anecdotes surrounding it. This website reveals the detailed schedule for 8 July.
For a whole week, from 1 to 8 July, 11 industrial monuments in the Auvergne Rhône-Alpes region will join the celebration. Regardless of whether it is a mining museum or a silk factory, the sites take visitors to experience how local industries once shaped the country and its people. An interactive map helps you find your way around.