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Europa Nostra - Industrial and Engineering Heritage Committee (IEHC)


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  2. Europa Nostra - Industrial and Engineering Heritage Committee (IEHC)
  3. IEHC - Committee members and CV's
  4. Chairman's Report to Europa Nostra General Assembly
  5. IEHC - Publications projects
  6. IEHC - Activities

Europa Nostra

"Europa Nostra was founded on 29 November 1963 in Paris. For over 50 years, we have celebrated, protected and lobbied for cultural heritage. Europa Nostra is today recognised as the most representative heritage organisation in Europe with members from over 40 countries."

Europa Nostra - Industrial and Engineering Heritage Committee (IEHC)

Europa Nostra’s Industrial and Engineering Heritage Committee (IEHC) was founded on the initiative of individual EN members and got really momentum after EN’s Annual Congress in 2008 in Newcastle where “Securing the future of Europe’s Engineering Heritage” was a central theme. The IEHC consists of 12 members (all volunteers) from 9 European countries: Belgium, Netherlands, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Poland and Austria. The Committee meetings - twice a year – are hosted in turn by one of its members and include a IH-study tour of the main achievements in the region where the meeting is held. From 2008 onwards, the IEHC met in Brussels, Freiberg (Saxony), The Hague, Lille, Berlin, London, Venice, Newcastle, Essen, Hembrug (NL), Barcelona, Derby, Paris, Katowice and Krems (AT). Further meetings are planned for Edinburgh and Enschede. . Future meetings are planned for Newcastle and Cologne.

The IEHC seeks to promote – on behalf of Europa Nostra – the values of Europe’s shared industrial and technical heritage and to encourage projects seeking to safeguard, restore and interpret this heritage, in all its aspects. These goals are enshrined in the committee’s Mission Statement, the “Greenwich Declaration” adopted in London in October 2011. When relevant and beneficial for all parties concerned, the IEHC is cooperating with like-minded international organisations like the International Committee for the Conservation of the Industrial Heritage TICCIH and the International Council on Monuments and Sites ICOMOS.

Chairman's Report to Europa Nostra General Assembly

Publications projects

Among its 2019 publication projects:

  • a collective book under the title "The first industrial continent" about the European impact of industrial heritage with one example from each country,
  • a brochure in the EN format to be published for its 10th anniversary about a brochure about “Ten years of scouting best practices in industrial and engineering heritage”, inspired by the Norwegian and Baltic heritage brochures, and adding to the EN collection of publications. It will be designed by the Danube University with the support of Europa Nostra Austria, in line with its retrieving the EN Awards archives.


Apart from collective action within the IEHC, some of its members are active as Assessors or Members of the International Jury for the European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards, as members of the International Advisory Panel for the 7 Most Endangered European Cultural Sites Programme and as lobbyists or as authors of IH-related publications. A statement and support of the Gdansk solidarity movement shipyard was adopted at its latest meeting in Katowice. Its next meetings will be in Barcelona and in New Lanark (Scotland).

Since its inception in 2008 it has become tradition that the IEHC organises a separate special IH-excursion for participants of EN’s Annual Congresses as was the case in Taormina (2009), Istanbul (2010), Amsterdam (2011), Lisbon (2012), Athens (2013), Vienna (2014), Oslo (2015), Madrid (2016) and Turku (2017).

Industrial and Engineering Heritage Committee GREENWICH DECLARATION, October 2011.

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