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What and Why

In november 2009 industrial heritage associations from different European countries and regions met in Calais (France) to discuss cross-border co-operation and exchange of experiences and information. There was a large concensus on the proposal to launch the idea of an European Industrial and Technical Heritage Year.
During the following meetings this idea was further developed.

A campaign was launched which makes an appeal to heritage and (local) history associations in every European country to support the initiative.
As a first step, in 2012, a Memorandum was drawn  to rally as much as possible national, regional, local and thematic associations round the common Memorandum.

All associations are asked to have this memorandum approved by their board or general assembly, to copy the text on their letterhead and to send it duely undersigned (by at least two responsibles of the association) to our contact address.

The associations and representatives who took part in the London E-FAITH weekend of October 2012 decided to designate 2015 to be the European Industrial and Technical Heritage Year - thus to happen exactly 40 years after the pioneering European Architectural Heritage Year of 1975. In 2013 the idea was taken up and endorsed in a report and a resolution of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe

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European Industrial and Technical Heritage Year
Année européenne du patrimoine industriel et technique
Jahr des Industriellen und Technischen Erbes
Anno del Patrimonio Industriale e Tecnico Europeo
Año Europeo del Patrimonio Industrial y Técnico

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