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European Crane Heritage

European crane heritage steering group
Project for 2015 European Industrial and Technical Heritage Year

Vlissingen Harbour Crane

For the general public, but also for a lot of heritage organizations, cranes are a much overlooked part of our industrial heritage and their knowledge of horizontal transport is much more than their knowledge of vertical transport. Steam locomotives and ships are already part of our common heritage, in contrast to our ancient wooden city cranes, steel Fairbairn cranes or shipyard and harbour cranes. Without these cranes there would have been no high-rising buildings, nor had the enormous development of ports been possible. Our daily life and the landscape, we live in, has dramatically changed due to cranes.

Expected results :
Aims of the working group for the year 2015:

  • Prepare a list of involved organizations
  • To exchange information on historical cranes and best practices of restoration and conservation
  • To present a map with all historical cranes in Europe
  • To present a short history of the developments of cranes in Europe
  • Some exhibitions in museums

Co-ordinator / steering group leader:
"Het Kranenproject" (Dutch Crane Heritage Project)

Members/partners of the steering group:
> still looking for partners. If you are interested please contact the group leader

Group moderator:
Gerard Jacobs, crane historian

Modus operandi:
Electronic communication

There is no funding by E-FAITH available for the working group members (E-FAITH is fully volunteer, not subsidized) - but it might be possible that some grants can be obtained by the committee through own means: please mention if funding is or is not available.

Languages used in the group:

Languages accepted for incoming information:
German and French


  • To the documents, reports and information of the project
  • To general information and links
    (coming soon)

Collection of historic harbour cranes in Antwerp


2015 - European Industrial and Technical Heritage Year


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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