ERIH ANNUAL CONFERENCES

The ERIH Conference has been held annually since 2005 at different industrial heritage locations across Europe. The conferences each deal with a current topic of industrial heritage tourism. Speakers and participants include experts from industrial heritage sites and organisations, museums, tourism institutions, heritage conservation authorities, development agencies and academia.

Advance notic: The 18th ERIH conference will be held in Esch-zur-Alzette, Luxembourg, in autumn 2022


REVIEW: 17TH ERIH CONFERENCE 2021 IN GHENT AND ONLINE

RESILIENCE
How industrial heritage sites accepted the pandemic challenge and survived the crisis

6 - 8 October 2021
at ERIH Anchor Point Museum of Industry. Ghent (B)


The topic of the conference was “Resilience”. The event explored how industrial heritage sites have survived the Covid-19 pandemic and developed interesting and imaginative ideas for ongoing development in a post-pandemic world.

Resilience is defined as “being able to recover quickly from difficulty or distress”. The conference provided a timely opportunity to share experience on how sites and attractions are recovering from the impact of Covid and extended periods of closure. The conference also explored ways to mitigate against wider and long-term impacts on the protection and promotion of our industrial heritage.

Conference programme
Photo gallery of the conference


REVIEW: 16TH ERIH CONFERENCE 2020 IN OBERHAUSEN AND ONLINE

KEEPING THE WHEELS TURNING
Succession Planning for Industrial Heritage


Hybrid: 7/8 October 2020 at LVR Industrial Museum Altenberg Zinc Works. Oberhausen (D) and ONLINE

Industrial Heritage is more than just industrial buildings and machinery, that is, the “tangible” remnants of industry. Industrial Heritage also includes the complex knowledge of running and maintaining machines, of numerous techniques and skills as well as of sector-specific social routines and intangible heritage. But this knowledge is in danger of being lost with the passage of time. Today heritage organisations are increasingly facing the retirement of their first generation professionals and volunteers – staff who experienced at first-hand life within these industrial communities. Against this background effective methods are needed for transferring and sharing knowledge with new staff and volunteers that engage in the field.

Most heritage institutions are facing these problems in a more or less similar ways. Therefore the presentations held at the conference introduced excamples how we can protect industrial heritage by ensuring that skills and knowledge are passed on to future generations. It also provided a platform for exchange and critical debate of experiences in the field of knowledge transfer and succession planning.

Conference programme 
Presentations held on the conference
Photo gallery of the conference


REVIEW: 15TH ERIH CONFERENCE 2019 IN BERLIN

INDUSTRIAL HERITAGE TOURISM - IT'S ALL IN THE MIX.
Successful industrial heritage marketing through combination with wider tourism offers

16 to 18 October 2019 ERIH Anchor Point 'German Technical Museum' in Berlin, Germany.

The growth of international tourism during the 21st century has been phenomenal and industrial heritage tourism is losing more and more its niche market image and is on its way to be recognized as a respected part of our cultural heritage. Although this is good news, the question is if industrial heritage on its own is enough for long-term attraction of visitors and for the stimulation of repeated visits? Or if linking the promotion of industrial heritage more fully with other sectors of tourism is the success factor for future tourism marketing?

Nearly 90 persons from 19 countries registered for the conference. Different speakers presented innovative and best practice examples of how the promotion of industrial heritage can be combined with other sectors of tourism. In workshops we encouraged discussions about experiences and fostered the exchange between delegates. ERIH also offered a poster session during the conference.

As in previous years the ERIH Annual Conference 2019 included the ERIH General Assembly (for ERIH members only), two evening events and excursions before and after the conference programme.

Our hosts, the Berliner Zentrum Industriekultur (bzi) and the ERIH Anchor Point Deutsches Technikmuseum (German Technical Museum), developed an exciting and interesting programme to give insights in Berlin's industrial heritage.

Conference programme
Presentations held on the conference
Photo gallery of the conference


REVIEW: 14TH ERIH CONFERENCE 2018 IN BOLOGNA

MIND THE GAP
The challenges for promoting industrial heritage in the 2020s

10 to 12 October 2018 in the ERIH Anchor Point 'Museum of Industrial Heritage' in Bologna, Italy.

Over the last 25 years European Industrial Heritage has become established as a major sector of tourism. Hundreds of millions of people visit to European industrial sites each year due to the efforts of many individuals and organisations, including ERIH

However this is no time for complacency, the promotion of industrial heritage needs to move with the times and ensure we reach out to as many people as possible. We need to show awareness of changes in European lifestyle and society in general and look forward to attracting as wide a diversity of people with as wide diversity of interests to our sites as possible. What societal changes need to be addressed? What opportunities are we presently missing? What gaps should we address in future marketing and promotion?

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conference programme
speakers' programme
review of the conference

presentations held on the conference 
Photo gallery of the conference