The aim of the Erasmus+ project Industrial Heritage: Industry, History and Future, 2018- 2020 is to encourage students to discover and deal with the industrial heritage and to strengthen their sense of belonging to a common European area.
Industrial heritage plays an important role not only in their own surrondings, but also in places far from their place of residence. This awareness leads to an European awareness. With differentt activities, series of events and exchanges the project aims to enable the students to comment on and become more involved with the heritage of their community.
Cultural and industrial heritage has a universal value for us as individuals but as well as members of a community. It is important to preserve it and pass it on to future generations. The student can consider heritage as ‘from the past’ or static, but it actually evolves along with us. We could say that, kind of paradoxically, industrial heritage is sustainable. There is no doubt that our heritage had and has still a major role to play in building Europe’s future. And our students are the future. That is one of the reasons why we would like to involve them in this project.
The project wants to increase the awareness of the students’ living places, the history of their cities, their countries and of other European countries too. It is based on the history of industrial heritage from the cities and surrondings of Hengelo (Netherlands), Terrassa (Spain), Gliwice (Poland) and Delitzsch (Germany). Textile industry mainly in Hengelo and Terrassa; coal mining in Gliwice and Delitzsch.
We want to create a website, an app, and a magazine for students, schools, residents, and tourists. So that a large audience can be reached. Of course we will also use the different media such as newspapers and local/regional broadcasters.