On November 13, World Heritage Site Völklingen Iron Works will be launching a public lecture series, involving 11 international experts discussing various aspects of industrial heritage and developping perspectives for the future. Issues range from conservation, change of use and tourist development to past and forthcoming changes of work and the radical transformation of nature.
The World Heritage Site Völklingen Iron Works is the proper venue for this lecture series: on December 17, 1994, the historic steelwork was the first industrial monument ever to be declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Since then, industrial heritage has developed into a crucial player of the 21st century cultural sector. Today, industrial monuments are unique places for exhibitions, theatre and festivals, led by 43 World Heritage Sites as highly attractive places of international exchange.
The lecture series highlights successful and unsuccessful examples of industrial heritage conservation and conversion, examines the tense relationship between monument conservation and cultural management, and illustrates solutions for dealing with industrial heritage sites on an international scale – from meticulous conservation to deliberate destruction.
Seven of the eleven lecturers are directly linked to ERIH, the European Route of Industrial Heritage, or represent one of the more than 1,750 ERIH sites. ERIH Director Prof. Dr. Meinrad Maria Grewenig, Völklingen Iron Works CEO and host of the event, will take the lead on November 13. Lectures begin at 6.30 pm on Tuesdays, admission is free. Each lecture is preceded by a guided tour on changing topics of industrial heritage, starting at 6 pm.