European Crane Heritage

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For the general public, but also for a lot of heritage organizations, cranes are a much overlooked part of our industrial heritage and their knowledge of horizontal transport is much more than their knowledge of vertical transport. Steam locomotives and ships are already part of our common heritage, in contrast to our ancient wooden city cranes, steel Fairbairn cranes or shipyard and harbour cranes. Without these cranes there would have been no high-rising buildings, nor had the enormous development of ports been possible. Our daily life and the landscape, we live in, has dramatically changed due to cranes.

Expected results :
Aims of the working group for the year 2015:

  • Prepare a list and a database of involved organizations
  • An internet site and database will be set up at - download the questionnaire which can be used to send us details and photos of cranes to be added to the database (see at the end of this page - available in English and French, other version available soon)
  • To exchange information on historical cranes and best practices of restoration and conservation
  • To present a map with all historical cranes in Europe
  • To present a short history of the developments of cranes in Europe
  • Some exhibitions in museums
  • To develop a European funded project - to be entered in 2016

Co-ordinator / steering group leader:
--> at the moment vacant, contact the campaign secretariat

Members/partners of the steering group:
> still looking for partners. If you are interested please contact the group leader
If you or your association do want to join the group > contact the campaign secretariat

Group moderator:
---> at the moment vacant, contact the campaign secretariat

Modus operandi:
Electronic communication
There is no funding by E-FAITH available for the working group members (E-FAITH is fully volunteer, not subsidized) - but it might be possible that some grants can be obtained by the committee through own means: please mention if funding is or is not available.

Languages used in the group:

Languages accepted for incoming information:
English, German, French, Spanish, Catalan and Dutch


 Further Information
harbour crane in A Coruña (Spain)
harbour crane in Sisak (Croatia)
harbour crane in Lyon (France)