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Volunteers saving industrial heritage in Flanders

17 March : 18:00 - 21:00

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The workshop presents the contribution of volunteers and voluntary associations to
the conservation, restoration and interpretation of industrial heritage in Flanders: the
power of citizen’s initiatives. They campaign to save buildings and – in some cases –
even have taken over an industrial site, restoring it, running it as a museum or just opening it
to the public.

– introduction:
– case studies

Adriaan Linters, chairman VVIA (Flemish Association for Industrial
Archaeology) 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

– 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

– Jef Vrelust: Volunteers helping with the restoration of the legally protected
harbour cranes in Antwerp
– Discussion, interaction with the public, exchange of ideas and experiences



17 March
18:00 - 21:00


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