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adaptive re-use

organisations involved in adapting industrial buildings to new uses; industrial buildings with a new use, e.g. lofts, shopping, culture, museum, theatre, offices,...


the collections of historical documents, iconography, prints and manuscript - including the buildings which hold the collections; the collection and saving of the documents


the buildings, the equipment and the know how to produce beers. Beer is made from the fermented starch of grains


The bridges itself (stone, iron, concrete,...) and the technology of bridge building and maintenance


The production of all types of brushes, from house cleaning to tooth brushes, and also of brooms consisting of twigs bound together, etc...

canals and inland waterways

Canals and canal infrastructures, barges - everything linked with inland shipping ; for bridges see 'bridges'; for tunnels see 'tunnels and tunnelling'

coal mines

Coal mining from the early days of men tunnelling, digging and manually extracting the coal, to large open cut and long wall mines. Underground features, surface buildings and coal processing plants, as well as show mines and reconstructions for visitors


water distribution, water towers, water pumping, water reservoirs and all technologies to provide drinking water to people


An ecomuseum is a museum focused on the identity of a place, largely based on local participation and aiming to enhance the welfare and development of local communities. Ecomuseums are an important medium through which a community can take control of its heritage and enable new approaches to make meaning out of conserving its local distinctiveness.

electrical power stations

The procuction of electricity for distribution, in <span>thermal, hydraulic or other power plants


local production of electrical power, e.g. for own use by a company; decentralised production - see also 'electrical power stations'

energy and power

general aspects of generating energy and motive power; mentioned with sites that are not directly linked with energy production, but who have some aspects connected to it

industrial architecture

the architecture of industrial buildings; how they were built


iron mining and metallurgy; iron, cast iron, wrought iron, steel; the production and processing of iron and steel; blast furnaces, foundries, forges

leather and its use

producing leather, tanning; shoes and boots; handbags; jackets;...

oral history

collecting and recording the memories of men and women who worked in or were connected to a trade or industry

ore mines

<p>Mining of all kind of metal ores: iron, non-ferrous metals as copper, zink, lead, silver, uranium,...</p>

road transport

<p>roads and road infrastructure; road building; vehicles moving on roads (motor cars, buses,...)</p>


places where ships, vessels and barges were built; slipways; reparing ships;...


twisting together of drawn out strands of fibers to form yarn; tools and equipment; spinning mills and other buildings linked to spinning

stationary steam engines

fixed steam engines used for pumping or driving mills and factories, and for power generation; including Newcomen fire engines, beam engines, engines with horizondal and vertical cylinders; turbines are not includes, for those see 'steam turbines'

textile industry

general aspects of the production of textiles and cloth, including spinning, weaving, lace and ropemaking, dyeing, textile printing, chintz,...
see also under the raw materials (e.g. vegetal fibres, flax, hemp, ...) and the production processes (spinning, weaving,...)


tramways in towns and between towns, narrow gauge - including locomotives, infrastructure, buildings as depots and stations,...

vegetal oil

oil produced from crop, as olives, lineseed, rapeseed, nuts, carobs, etc...

water turbines

from the early wooden horizontal water wheels to the modern turbines (e.g. Poncelet, Fourneyron, Francis, Kaplan, ..) used for industrial power and electricity production

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