Symbolic Value of Industrial & Technical Heritage Seminar 


Our colleagues at Donau University Krems (DUK) have now placed all the presentations on to the DUK website.  In addition to our President’s Working Industrial & Mobile Heritage project presentation, transport heritage featured in other contributions including “The Fate of the Dutch Titanic” narrating the history of a major Dutch shipyard in Rotterdam and “Renault’s Historic Billancourt Car Factory” (which formerly occupied an entire island in the River Seine!). Alsoan update on the ongoing campaign to try to secure UNESCO World Heritage Site listing for the historic shipyards in Gdansk, Poland, which EN IEH Committee has been strongly supporting for the last few years. Just click on any item which might be of interest and sample at leisure! Weblink to the presentations can be found at

EN European Cultural Heritage Summit + European Heritage Awards

Europa Nostra (EN) reverted this year to a physical programme (hosted in Prague by the Czech Ministry of Culture and other partners) for its major annual event over the period Sun 25.09 – Tue 27.09. The event combined the EN AGM, the presentation of the EN + EC Heritage Awards and a one day hybrid “Summit Agora” seminar. No transport heritage locations featured in this year’s EN + EC Awards (except perhaps a several thousand km long hiking trail in Italy!). Much closer to our sector, visit options included an EN IEH Committee led tour of the late 19th century labyrinthine Bubenec underground wastewater plant (some FEDECRAIL members will remember we visited this complex during our own conferenceprogramme in Prague in 1999). To represent FEDECRAIL, our Board Member, Gottfried Aldrian, made a “first time” visit to an EN event and was hosted by colleagues from the EN IEH Committee who gave him valuable introductions to members of the EN team and many other delegates. As always, the networking discussions were just as valuable as the formal proceedings…

Peter Ovenstone 

Co-Secretary, EN Industrial & Engineering Heritage Committee


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