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17 March (Thursday) / 18:00 hours / Wyspa Institute of Art

17 – 27 of March, Tuesday – Sunday, 10 – 15 pm.

1. Workshop

The contribution of volunteers and voluntary associations to the conservation, restoration and interpretation of industrial heritage: the power of citizen’s initiatives It was a vehement campaign by a group of volunteers who laid at the origin of the first industrial building being protected by law in Flanders - an old distillery. This happened exactly 40 years ago in 1975, the ‘European Architectural Heritage Year’. Since many citizen’s initiatives have sprung up - in some cases even taking over an industrial site, restoring it, and running it as a museum or just opening it to the public. The workshop will present the role volunteers and associations can play in the saving of industrial heritage, and the Flemish experience in this field.


- introduction: Adriaan Linters, chairman VVIA and gen.-secretary of E-FAITH (European Federation of Associations of Industrial and Technical Heritage): Volunteers and volunteering for the industrial heritage in Europe and Flanders

- case studies

- Philippe Winderickx: Restoring, managing and opening to the public of the Herisem paper-mill 1975-2015. The role of volunteers and private initiative

- Luc Verbeeck: Volunteers preserving the last remains of the brickmaking landscape of the Rupel-valley. The Ecomuseum and Archives of the Brick Region, a non profit trust, 1985-2015

- Frank Becuwe: The malthouse and brewery ‘De Snoek’: saved and restored by volunteers, since 25 years a museum run by volunteers

- Paul Van Schoors: Volunteers helping with the restoration of the legally protected harbour cranes in Antwerp

- Discussion, interaction with the public

2. Exhibition

40 years protecting the industrial heritage in Flanders

The first industrial building in Flanders was protected by law in August 1975, the old distillery ‘Stellingwerff-Theunissenin Hasselt, which then seemed to be doomed for demolishment and to be replaced by modern flats. Thanks to a local action group and a clever campaign (1973-1975) the building was protected, a couple of years later bought by the city council and restored. The old distillery is now proudly the seat of the National Museum of Distilling.

In 1976, when the new regional law on the conservation of monuments was voted in the
Flemish parliament, this law for the first time in Europe used the term ‘industrial archaeology’
in a legal text, as a justification for legal protection.

Since hundreds of buildings have been protected, restored, re-used. The exhibition presents a selection of the protected buildings, tells their story and the history and development of the preservation of industrial heritage in Flanders. 30 self-supporting roll-up banners (85x200)

Exhibition realized by the Flemish Association for Industrial Archaeology with the support of the Flemish Immovable Heritage Agency