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sábado, 4 de noviembre de 2023

5th East-West Workshop on Industrial Archaeology: The Architecture of Industry

Modern industrialisation changed the built environment with new materials, technologies, scales and typologies. This workshop edition explores the architecture created for or by industry, and how the post-industrial society transforms and repopulates the spaces of the industrial period. The 5th East-West Workshop on Industrial Archaeology looks at China, England, Greece and Spain to discuss current issues, trends, theoretical and methodological frameworks, and creative approaches in the research, protection, activation and divulgation of historical industrial architecture.

The East-West series of workshops aims to exchange ideas and knowledge among Western and Eastern colleagues to build a more international and diverse industrial archaeology. The activity is organised jointly by the Institute for Cultural Heritage and History of Science & Technology (USTB, China), the UK Association for Industrial Archaeology, and its Young Members Board.




Zoom (online meeting).




25 November 2023, Saturday.

10.00-12.00 GMT




- Carolina CASTAÑEDA (TICCIH-International and TICCIH-Spain): "The imprint of the Spanish tobacco industry on the urban landscape: Permanences and absences of an industrial memory"

The preservation of old industrial buildings implies their treatment as reused elements for the development of the dynamics of today’s society, in a second life where their recovery for citizenship implies a social value added to their historical-cultural importance. But this narrative is not complete without considering those intangible aspects that, unfortunately, have been lost over time and shape a memory of absences. This presentation proposes a reflection on the specific imprint left by the presence of Spanish tobacco factories in the urban landscape. It examines their different dimensions as industrial heritage in relation to the territory, the city, their architectural formalisation and the dynamics of the cigarette-makers as key workers. In this way, the importance of the activity of these factories in the cities in which they were located established a series of tangible and intangible relationships, both in their immediate surroundings and in the whole city.


- Fanlei MENG (Beijing University of Civil Engineering and Architecture, China): "Research on the history and architectural heritage value of industrial construction in modern Beijing"

As the important capital of modern China, Beijing witnessed the great impact of the western industrial revolution in the late Qing Dynasty, and became one of the cities that started the industrialization process earlier. After the rule of the Qing government, Beiyang government and the government of the Republic of China, Beijing gradually moved towards the industrial civilization from the agricultural era. Modern industrial construction has had an important impact on the evolution of Beijing’s urban pattern, architectural style and economic structure, forming the industrial architectural style with Beijing’s regional characteristics and unique heritage value. Based on systematically combing the evolution of the modern Beijing industry, the style characteristics and heritage values of modern industrial buildings in Beijing were analysed and studied to improve further the research of value systems for Beijing industrial heritage and show the diversified values of the industrial building heritage in Beijing from a more micro perspective.


- Gordon DAVIES (Cambridge Museum of Technology, England): "An industrial tale of two cities: Filming the architecture of industry around Cambridge Museum of Technology (UK) and Athens Technopolis (Hellas)"

“An Industrial Tales of Two Cities” offers a multimedia examination of 'twin’ industrial sites, which explores the question: how does the context of a ‘heritage city’ impact factors to retain, remediate, restore, redevelop or remove industrial architecture? Athens (Hellas) and Cambridge (UK) both have millennia-old (pre) industrial histories, and do not tend to be strongly associated with the Industrial Revolution of the 19th century: architecture from other periods has (historically) taken pre-eminence, especially among (tourist) guides. Yet both cities are home to significant examples of industrial heritage and host industrial museums. This presentation introduces an immersive documentary film that combines archive photography, contemporary drone videography and ambient-sound recordings, juxtaposing ‘absence’ (the redeveloped site of a former gasworks in Cambridge) with the best-preserved architectural example of the industrial-gas-making process (located in Athens). The video is commented by the producer, including explanations of the methodology behind the making of the film and descriptions of film-processing tools to explore the architecture of industry.




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domingo, 16 de abril de 2023

4th East-West Workshop on Industrial Archaeology: The Archaeology of Technology

From underground to outer space, from the 14th to the 21st century, the 4th E-W Workshop on Industrial Archaeology explores the interlinkages of archaeology, technology, science and industry with cases from Australia, Asia, Europe and the Universe! This edition of the workshop revisits the original focus of industrial archaeology on the research and conservation of technology, which is expanded and revised with new geographies, chronologies, methodologies and questions. 

The East-West series of workshops aims to exchange ideas and knowledge among Western and Eastern colleagues to build a more international and diverse industrial archaeology. The activity is organised jointly by the Institute for Cultural Heritage and History of Science & Technology (USTB, China), and the UK Association for Industrial Archaeology together with its Young Members Board.



Zoom (online meeting).




27 May 2023, Saturday.

10.00-12.00 GMT




- Alice GORMAN (Flinders University, Australia): "Beyond the rocket: the archaeological study of space technology"

Space archaeology is the study of the material remains of human space-related activities on Earth and on other celestial bodies. While there are many methodological commonalities with historical archaeology, such as the use of documents and oral histories to augment interpretations of the archaeological record, space archaeology has had to develop image-based methods of analysis in order to overcome the obstacles to fieldwork in space. A focus on material culture offers opportunities to investigate how humans adapt to the space environment, such as the microgravity of the International Space Station or the dust of the lunar surface, and develop distinct space cultures. However, the majority of the material record of space, from Earth orbit to interstellar space, could be considered a machine landscape produced by robots. Nonetheless these robotic space objects can be used to tell creative stories which operate outside the dominant narratives of space exploration, for example, highlighting the participation of amateurs or Indigenous people in space industry.


- Shujing FENG (National Academy of Innovation Strategy & Tsinghua University, China): "Wenzhou Alum Mine from the perspective of the archaeology of technology"

Wenzhou Alum Mine in Fanshan Town, Zhejiang Province (China), operated from the middle of the 14th century to December 2017 and, as an important centre of the Chinese alum industry for more than 600 years, witnessed both change and continuity in the development of alum mining and refining technology. Alum was produced in Wenzhou from the alunite ore mined in the territory, and included quarrying, calcining, weathering and steeping the ore to produce an impure solution, or liquor, of aluminium sulphate and potassium sulphate, which was then boiled at the appropriate temperature to form a concentration of alum. A review of the documentary evidence coupled with an archaeological survey of the mining and refining sites owned by the Wenzhou Alum Mine Company has enabled the site to be redefined as a complex production landscape by paying attention to the evidence for the evolution of technology used for producing alum.


- Geoffrey WALLIS (GW Conservation/Dorothea Restorations & AIA, UK)

"Developments in practical engineering conservation. The works of Dorothea Restorations Ltd."

Dorothea Restoration Engineers Ltd was set up in the mid 1970’s by a group of young graduates concerned about the widespread post-World War II clearance of the historic machinery which had driven the industrial revolution, and for which Britain had become a world-famous manufacturer and exporter. What started as a volunteer activity soon became a thriving business which grew to become the largest independent engineering conservation company in the UK, celebrating its half-centenary next year. This paper looks at the wide range of practical conservation projects undertaken, many of them technically or logistically difficult, some of the ethical issues encountered, how staff were trained in such a specialist field, and how modern technology is now being employed in the practical restoration and conservation of heavy machinery, traditional mills, and historic metalwork.




Dr Alice GORMAN is an internationally recognised leader in the field of space archaeology and author of the award-winning book Dr Space Junk vs the Universe: Archaeology and the Future (MIT Press, 2019). Her research focuses on the archaeology and heritage of space exploration, including space junk, planetary landing sites, off-earth mining, and space habitats. In 2022, she co-directed (with Justin Walsh) an archaeological survey on the International Space Station, which was the first archaeological fieldwork ever to take place outside Earth. She is an Associate Professor at Flinders University in Adelaide and a heritage consultant with over 30 years’ experience working with Indigenous communities in Australia. Gorman is also a Vice-Chair of the Global Expert Group on Sustainable Lunar Activities, a member of the Advisory Council of the Space Industry Association of Australia, and an expert member of the ICOMOS International Scientific Committee for Aeropace Heritage. Asteroid 551014 Gorman is named after her in recognition of her work in space archaeology.


Dr Shujing FENG is currently a post-doctoral fellow at Tsinghua University and the National Academy of Innovation Strategy (Chinese Academy of Science and Technology). Her research interest is industrial archaeology, industrial heritage, and the history of technology, with experience in the industrial archaeology of Wenzhou Alum Mine, the industrial heritage of Shougang (which held the latest Winter Olympics), and the value evaluation of China’s industrial heritage. She has published numerous articles and a book on these topics. She obtained her PhD degree from the University of Science and Technology Beijing in 2020 with the dissertation ‘Industrial Archaeological Research on Wenzhou Alum Mine from the Perspective of the History of Technology.’ In 2018, she was a visiting PhD student at the Ironbridge International Institute for Cultural Heritage (University of Birmingham). Her current research is supported by the China Postdoctoral Science Foundation.


Geoffrey WALLIS C.Eng MIMech.E is a mechanical engineer (Bath University) with wide expertise in the restoration and conservation of historic metalwork, machinery and traditional mills. He co-founded Dorothea Restoration Engineers Ltd. and directed the company for 30 years, before becoming a consultant (see www.gwconservation.com).  He has practical experience working on high-profile sites involving complex machinery and metalwork often in poor condition. Wallis has led the Architectural and Structural Metals Conservation Masterclass at West Dean College near Chichester since 2005 and lectures widely on engineering conservation to several UK universities. He has delivered metalwork-conservation courses in Britain, Myanmar, Zanzibar, and online to India, has contributed to several conservation textbooks, and has featured in TV programmes covering practical restoration projects. Geoffrey is a trustee of the Museum of Bath at Work, a founder and Director of the National Heritage Ironwork Group, a Past President of the Newcomen Society and a Council member of the Association for Industrial Archaeology, for which he founded the Young Members Board.


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jueves, 26 de enero de 2023

Industrial sites’ recording systems in China: Comparative analysis and contributions from Industrial Archaeology


Autores: Liu, K.; Cano Sanchiz, J. M.

Revista: Science Today

Número: 2022.3

Año: 2022

Páginas: 77-92

En chino:  Juan Manuel CANO SANCHIZ. 中国工业遗记录样式的比设计 [J]. 今日科苑,2022.063):77-92

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ABSTRACT: The on-site recording of industrial sites is both urgent and necessary. On one hand, it can salvage precious information. On the other hand, it can support decision-making in conservation and utilization programs, as well as important data for research on relevant industrial activities. In-field data collection and recording methods of industrial sites in China are still in the stage of continuous exploration. Through the analysis of nine existing recording systems in China, this paper finds that there is a common phenomenon: the records pay more attention to the presentation of architectural forms and structures at the macro-level, and less attention is given to the footprints of changes and past activities at the micro-level. However, the latter is of key importance to interpreting the singularities of each industrial site. The introduction of the background of industrial archaeology can contribute to solving this problem. This paper tries to explore and design a recording system based on industrial archaeology, so as to promote more exhaustive and systematic data collections in industrial sites. The theoretical research is combined with field investigation and recording experience in Beijing Erqi Locomotive Factory, which is used as an example to provide a clearer explanation. 

KEYWORDS: Industrial archaeology; industrial site; data collection; field recording; industrial heritage


martes, 24 de enero de 2023

News about the East-West Workshops on Industrial Archaeology

Artículos breves

Autor: Cano Sanchiz, J. M. 

Artículo: “The 2nd East-West Workshop on Industrial Archaeology (The New Generation)”

Revista: Industrial Archaeology News

Páginas: 21-22

Número: 202

Año: 2022



Autor: Cano Sanchiz, J. M. 

Artículo: “East-West Workshop on Industrial Archaeology”

Revista: TICCIH Bulletin

Páginas: 25-26

Número: 97

Año: 2022


sábado, 8 de octubre de 2022

3rd East-West Workshop on Industrial Archaeology: Materialising Diversity

The third edition of the East-West Workshop on Industrial Archaeology aims to strengthen diversity. We embrace diversity in a wide sense, considering, among others, its gender, generational, cultural, ethnic, racial and geographical dimensions. More weight is given on this occasion to the work of women in industrial archaeology (which aims to counterbalance the majority of male speakers in our previous meetings), while we count on a contribution from Pakistan for the first time in an international IA event. The speakers will discuss diversity and equality in industrial archaeology, the engagement of children and teenagers, the role of museums, and the chronological and geographical boundaries of the discipline.


The East-West series of workshops aims to exchange ideas and knowledge among Western and Eastern colleagues to build a more international and diverse industrial archaeology. The activity is organised jointly by the Institute for Cultural Heritage and History of Science & Technology (USTB, China), and the UK Association for Industrial Archaeology together with its Young Members Board.




Zoom (online meeting).




19 November, Saturday.

10.30-12.30 (London) / 12.30-14.30 (Bucharest) / 15.30-17.30 (Islamabad) / 18.30-20.30 (Beijing)



- Penelope FOREMAN (British Museum, UK)

"From classroom to boardroom: the importance of representation and engagement in industrial heritage"


- Dongdong WANG (University of Science and Technology Beijing, China)

"Discussion and interpretation of mining and metallurgical cultural heritage in Chinese museums"


- Florentina-Cristina MERCIU (University of Bucharest, Romania)

“Diversity in approaching proto-industrial heritage. The water mills from Rudăria area (Romania) as a case study”


- Sami ULLAH (The Urban Unit, Pakistan)

“Evolution and identification of industrial archaeology in Pakistan”




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Penelope FOREMAN is an archaeologist and museum engagement specialist, who focuses on working on community-led heritage projects that give marginalised and minority communities a voice and platform to share their cultural heritage. Her archaeological expertise is in the megaliths of the European Neolithic (PhD Bournemouth 2019) and the preservation of industrial heritage, particularly mines and railways. She is currently the national lead on the Culture Bus schools programme for the British Museum, as well as sitting on the board of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists and a trustee of the National Coal Mining Museum for England.


Dongdong WANG is an associate professor at the Institute for Cultural Heritage and History of Science & Technology (University of Science and Technology Beijing, China). She holds BA and MA Degrees in Chinese Archaeology (Peking University, China), and MA and PhD Degrees in Cultural Resource Management (Kazanawa University, Japan). Her research interests are Chinese and Japanese cultural resource management, archaeological site conservation and utilisation, community participation in site conservation, and industrial archaeology and heritage.


Florentina-Cristina MERCIU is an assistant professor at the Faculty of Geography, University of Bucharest, Romania. Her research interests are concerned with the context of industrial heritage regeneration and urban development of former industrial areas through a cultural approach. 


Sami ULLAH works as a Project Officer (Archaeology) for The Urban Unit, a renowned governmental company from Pakistan. He has dug archaeological sites of Pakistan’s Islamic, Indus, Buddhist and Hindu periods. He holds a Gold Medal and Master’s Degree in Archaeology from the University of Punjab, Lahore. He is currently working on the identification of industrial heritage in Pakistan. 

sábado, 16 de julio de 2022

Vía verde del Guadiato y los Pedroches

No dejes de visitarla la próxima vez que andes por el norte de la provincia de Córdoba (España).
Gran trabajo desarrollado por la asociación La Maquinilla y otras entidades colaboradoras.