UnescoIntangible HeritageWhen we insisted on tackling the topic of professionaltraining in industrial heritage at the TICCIH XIIICongress in Terni last September, we meant our talkto be a bit provocative. But it was not, as it soundsafter the reactions we got, as professional heritagetraining in the academic world is now an acceptedfact.We may hear about conflicts between ‘classical’teaching and field training, about evaluation methodswhen it becomes clear that a good industrialheritage professional may not be an outstanding essaywriter, of the difficult dialoguebetween architectural training and heritagepreservation. But all of this is a matter of internaldiscussion. We teach industrial heritage as regularuniversity courses, we give lectures togive a hint about industrial heritage to studentsfollowing other curricula, we are involved incontinuing education courses given to urban planners,county or town administrativeofficers, tour guides. To put it in a nutshell, we do ourjob.The question that remains is if and how our teaching isadapted to the labour market, and whether the youngpeople we train are efficient in the field of industrialheritage preservation, management, understandingand appreciation.In other words, is our work useful?
UnescoIntangible HeritageThe International Committee For TheConservation Of The Industrial HeritageThe world organisation for industrialheritage, promoting preservation,conservation, investigation,documentation, research andinterpretation of our industrial heritage.This wide field includes the materialremains of industry - industrial sites,buildings and architecture, plant,machinery and equipment - as well ashousing, industrial settlements, industriallandscapes, products and processes, anddocumentation of the industrial society.Members of TICCIH come from all overthe world and include historians,conservators, museum curators,researchers, students, teachers, heritageprofessionals and anyone with an interestin the development of industry andindustrial society.