Protection of Industrial Heritage – conference

Dear Sir or Madam,

In recent years, interest in preserving and consolidating industrial heritage has grown in both, Europe as well as Poland. The rapid economic development in Poland after 1990 led to many significant changes in the economy. As a result of the economy's transformation and its exposure to competition and the free market, entire industries collapsed.

The centuries-old textile industry disappeared almost completely, along with the mining, smelting, and part of the industrial engineering industries. Facilities have remained after old production traditions. This proof of former development has been destroyed, altered or dismantled, making room for new features. The pace of liquidation, of not only individual facilities, but entire industries, was so fast that not even a single trace of old industrial traditions is left.

In Lower Silesia, where the textile industry was the dominant sector of the economy for the lasted three centuries, did not leave even one museum that would document the history of this sector. Not very many institutions that document the development of the steel, engineering and agricultural industries have been established. A number of projects, which aim at preservation, especially of new targets of former industrial facilities, have been developed over recent years. The method for preparing the projects for preservation, conservation and adaptation of industrial facilities is the topic of the organized conference. Various examples of preservations and reinterpretations of foreign and national technical landmarks will be presented.

Organizers have invited experts on preservation of landmarks, investors of projects aimed at preserving industrial heritage, experts who will present best practices in the field of landmark preservation and adaptation to participate in the conference.

The organizer's intention is to raise awareness of the preservation of industrial heritage by presenting and analysing the best solutions.

Framework Programme:

Proceedings will take place on June 13 in Walcownia Cynku (Zinc Rolling Mill), which is adopted for the Muzeum of the History of Zinc.

10.00 Participants are welcomed: local authorities, representatives of employees, representatives of the organizers,
10.15-10.45 Eufrozyna Piątek Ph.D., Influence of industry on the economic development of Silesia.
10.45-11.15 Prof. Bolesław Orłowski, The need for preserving industrial heritage.
11.15-11.45 Stefan Kmiecik Eng., 110 years of Walcownia Cynku (Zinc Rolling Mill) in Szopienice
11.45-12.15 coffee break
12.15-12.45 Piotr Gerber Ph.D., Ways to preserve industrial heritage.
12.45-13.15 Stefan Kaiser Ph.D., History of the industry of Silesia in a collection of the Oberschlesische Landes Museum in Rattingen
13.15-13.45 Piotr Rygus MA, History of Georg Giesche Erben concern.
13.45-14.45 Lunch and a tour or the historical Walcownia Cynku (Zink Rolling Mill), shown by former employees of the Rolling Mill and members of Stowarzyszenie Na Rzecz Powstania Muzeum Hutnictwa Cynku w Katowicach – Sobienicach (Association for the establishment of the Museum of Zinc Smelting in Katowice - Szopienice)
14.45-15.15 Adam Hajduga Ph.D., Ways industrial heritage is promoted by the regional government of Silesia.
15.15-15.45 Prof. Łukasz Gaweł, Heritage of brownfields and the market of experience.
15.45-16.00 Paulina Słocimska MA architect, Architectural concept of the Museum of Zinc Smelting in Szopienice.