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40 years protecting the industrial heritage in Flanders

17 March : 17:00 - 25 April : 22:00

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The first industrial building in Flanders was protected by law in August 1975: the old
distillery ‘Stellingwerff-Theunissen’ in Hasselt, which then seemed to be doomed for
demolishment and to be replaced by modern flats. Thanks to a local citizen’s 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, the history and
development of the preservation of industrial heritage in Flanders.
Exhibition realized by the Flemish Association for Industrial Archaeology with the support of
the Flemish Immovable Heritage Agency

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17 March : 17:00
25 April : 22:00


Instytut Sztuki Wyspa, the Wyspa Institue of Art
Doki 1/145 B, 80-958, Gdańsk, Poland
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