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ERIH II - European Route of Industrial Heritage (ERIH II)
Start date: Sep 30, 2002, End date: Oct 30, 2007 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Although regions such as the German Rühr, the North of England or Saar-Sor-Lux were cradles of the Industrial Revolution, these areas today, are struck by unemployment and decline and seldom regard their industrial heritage as a potential asset. This 4 year project led by a German tourist board, builds on the findings of a previous project under IIC to demonstrate that industrial heritage can be a valuable resource. Through transnational co-operation, thirteen partners from Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands and the UK will jointly invest €2.6 million to develop together the first European network dedicated to industrial heritage. This network will be made up of a number of “anchor points”, i.e. places of outstanding relevance in the history of industrial technology. From each of the anchor points, the partnership will seek to develop regional routes which highlight the region’s industrial heritage and activities. Thematic routes will also be developed at transnational level around former industries such as textile, mining or steel. Network members will need to comply with stringent quality standards including, for instance, guided tours in different languages, if they want to use the network’s future branding name and logo. Furthermore a joint marketing campaign, a web portal and travelling displays will promote the various routes and anchor points to the wider public. Achievements: The main conclusion is that industrial heritage is an important subject that concerns almost every European country. The contacts and enquiries the ERIH project partners have received, especially since the website is online, show that there is a wide interest in this subject. Many people from all different kind of branches (monument conservation, tourism, business development, communities, counties, government, universities and research institutes etc.) are dealing with this issue and the interdisciplinary approach of the ERIH network and the information provided by ERIH were highly appreciated
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