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Industrial Heritage: Use and Re-use (7.5 higher education credits)

Industrial environments represent an increasingly common focus area within the field of cultural heritage conservation. Not only older environments are of interest in this context, but also more modern facilities from the 20th century that are still in use.

Industrial environments offer relevant perspectives in efforts to understand local and regional settlement structures in a broader historic perspective. The industrial environments and our ability to handle them in a conservation perspective in dialogue with public interests are important in order to keep generating economic and societal development centred around such environments.

During the late 20th century development of industrial society, the realization that industrial plants and systems could be apprehended as cultural heritage gained momentum. Industrial remains, although troublesome and difficult to maintain as heritage, has become increasingly important as societal assets for historical narration, local empowerment, preserver of tacit craft-oriented knowledge, and resource for economic development. The course focuses on these issues and consists of the following parts:

  • The emergence of the conservation of industrial heritage internationally and nationally
  • The ability to describe complex issues – the development of concepts and content in Sweden
  • Problems in assessing the value of cultural heritage, issues related to conservation and re-use, international and national examples
  • Theories regarding production of memory and cultural heritage processes.


Course Syllabus KU4240

Industrial Heritage: Use and Re-use

Course syllabus

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