Many industrial sites are dangerous.
Windmills, steam boilers, cogwheels and drive shafts all include potential danger while they do not comply with modern health and safety regulations. Two deaths on Dutch windmills, a miller in Flanders hit by the sails,... are just some examples of the dangers inherent to working historic industrial sites.
Most industrial sites are polluted. Can they be opened to the public without harming visitors? How to allow visits to a boat or an old power station filled with asbestos, or to a former mercury processing plant, a historic nuclear power station,...?
Everyone agrees that interpretation should be based on the real thing, the real history - and not on a ‘created’ Disneyland-image of it. To what extend a ‘reconstructed’ underground mine does offer a real experience and explains to the public the real work and life of miners at the coal front? Or does it only offers some ‘kick’ which has no or little reference to the original? Visiting a coal mine without being black when returning to the ‘surface’ ?
Aims of the steering group :
Co-ordinator / Team leader:
VVIA - Vlaamse Vereniging voor Industriële Archeologie (Flemish Association for Industrial Archaeology, Belgium)
> still looking for partners. Contact the team leader if your association is interested to join
Modus operandi :
Electronic communication (e-mail, dropbox, skype); preparatory meeting mid 2014.
at present no funding available for the working group members.
Languages used in the group:
English and French for internal communication
Languages accepted for incoming information:
English, French, German, Dutch, Catalan, Spanish and Italian