Starter Project: “The Ruhr Region: A Global Beacon for Industrial Heritage?”

In mid-February 2014, the Institute for Social Movements started a new project as part of the initiative “Future RUHR 2020. Universities and Region”. It was co-financed by the North-Rhine Westphalian state and the Ruhr Regional Association. The two-year project dealt with the question of how industrial heritage has influenced regional identities during the transition from a period when industrial regions were dominated by heavy industry to a period of post-industrial landscapes. Eleven coal and steel producing regions were selected for the historical comparison with the Ruhr and discussed at a workshop in October 2015. The aim of this project is to examine the role of industrial heritage sites as memory sites. In this context, it was important to analyse not only the regional spatial specificities in the manifestation of industrial heritage, but also to foreground the diverse political and social conditions, under which industrial heritage has globally developed.




Industrial sites and projects

Network Contacs

Workshop: Industrial Heritage and the Construction of regional Identities: A Global Perspective