Issue 3: Industrial World Heritage

Industrial World Heritage

For those who work in traditional industries in the UK 2015 was a year of loss and disappointment. The highly publicized closure of the SSI Steelworks in Redcar and the shutting down of Kellingley Colliery, the last deep coal mine in the UK, among others, indicates that we are gradually losing first-hand accounts and personal links to the industrial past.

In contrast, however, of the twenty-four new inscriptions on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2015 there was a strong industrial heritage component ranging from the Fray Bentos meat processing works in Uruguay to the Champagne landscapes of France and including Scotland’s Forth Bridge as a masterpiece of industrial engineering. This cohort of new Industrial World Heritage sites from Europe, South America and Asia join an existing range of successful and iconic sites such as the Ironbridge Gorge and the Zollverien Industrial Complex. After long years of being regarded as comparatively underrepresented on the World Heritage List it seems that Industrial Heritage has finally gained a foothold on the global stage. In spite of this increased profile, however, the actual concept of ‘Industrial World Heritage’ is relatively under-researched.

  • What does it mean to be an Industrial World Heritage site?
  • How do communities of interest relate to their industrial heritage being inscribed?
  • How do visitors engage with industrial sites World Heritage aspects?
  • How will sites engage younger generations with Industrial World Heritage?
  • What does the future look like for Industrial World Heritage?

The theme of the 3rd issue of the IIICH Postgraduate journal furnace is Industrial World Heritage.


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Or download and read individual articles (PDF):

Raine, J and Patrick Li, C. Editorial: World Industrial Heritage. Download

Kapp, P H. Keynote Paper: How Intangible Heritage is regenerating the Post-Industrial environment: A U.K-U.S Comparison. Download

Tusch, R. Industrial World Heritage Under Construction. Download

Wu, X. The Disappearance of Regional Industrial Heritage in Shaanxi and the Current Protective Measures. Download

Soukef Junior, A and Busnardo Filho, A. The Sao Paulo Railway Company: Threatened Railway Heritage in Brazil. Download

Fisher, T. Donovan, N and Botticello, J. Using 3D animation to capture and preserve intangible heritage: industrial textile crafts. Download

McGinnis, J and Taradash, S. Moby-Dick Unabridged: American Cultural Heritage in the United Kingdom. Download

Acheson, C. Book Review: From Hill to Sea: Dispatches from the Fife Psychogeographical Collective 2010-2014Download


ISSN 2057-519X (Online)


The Editors

Joe Raine- I am an AHRC CDA PhD candidate based at the Ironbridge International Institute for Cultural Heritage within the University of Birmingham and my research is on the communication of Industrial Heritage, particularly within a World Heritage context. I previously graduated with a BA in Archaeology and Ancient Civilisations and MA in Museums and Artefact Studies from Durham University and have a particular interest in industrial, sporting and conflict heritage along with museums and interpretation.

Chao-Shiang Li – I am a PhD Candidate based at the Ironbridge International Institute for Cultural Heritage within the University of Birmingham. Before joining the institute, I was a lecturer at the National Taipei University of Education and conducted a series of creative industries, museum and tourism research projects including Ministry of Culture, Mainland Affair Council, National Culture and Arts Foundation, National History Museum, Taipei and New Taipei City Government. My interests lie in how people produce, interpret and consume heritage within a changing and cross-cultural world. As the shifting values in heritage are complicated and continuing, I aim to explore the relationship between the interpretation and (re)use of industrial heritage by visiting the colonial past in Taiwan.