Industrial heritage refers to the physical remains of the history of technology and industry, such as manufacturing and mining sites, as well as power and transportation infrastructure. Another definition expands this scope so that the term also covers places used for social activities related to industry such as housing, museums, education or religious worship, among other structures with values from a variety of fields in order to highlight the interdisciplinary character of industrial heritage. It is also argued that it includes the so-called sociofacts or aspects of social and institutional organizations, and mentifacts that constitute the attitudinal characteristics and value systems industrial heritage sites.
The scientific study of industrial remains is called industrial archaeology. The industrial heritage of a region is an aspect of its cultural heritage. It also forms part of a location's identity as it serves as evidence of progress and landmark achievements. The international organization dedicated to the study and preservation of such is The International Committee for the Conservation of the Industrial Heritage, known as TICCIH. These initiatives are partly driven by an interest in innovation and ingenuity or efforts to compensate for irreparable loss.
- List of industrial archaeology topics
- List of notable industrial heritage sites
- Industrial archaeology
- Anson Engine Museum
- Armley Mills Industrial Museum
- Blaenavon Industrial Landscape (Big Pit National Coal Museum and Blaenavon Ironworks)
- Industrial archaeology of Dartmoor
- Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust
- Prestongrange Industrial Heritage Museum, East Lothian, Scotland
- Prickwillow Museum
- Rhondda Heritage Park
- Scottish Industrial Railway Centre
- Stretham Old Engine
- European Route of Industrial Heritage
- The Industrial Heritage Trail, Ruhr, Germany
- Ore Mountain Mining Region, Germany/Czech Republic
- Pythagoras Mechanical Workshop Museum, Norrtälje, Sweden
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- Alonso González, Pablo. Industrial Heritage and Place Identity in Spain: From Monuments to Landscapes. Geographical Review, 102(4), 446-464. https://www.academia.edu/2062638/Industrial_Heritage_and_Place_Identity_in_Spain_From_Monuments_to_Landscapes.
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- "Industrial Heritage in All Regions", a list of links to industrial heritage sites in Great Britain, at Aboutbritain.com
- archeologiaindustriale.net, Project for the Italian Industrial Heritage promotion.
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