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Friday 13/04 Genk

  • 14:00 - 17:00: free visit to the C-mine at Genk-Winterslag; registration of participants
    how to reach C-Mine ?
  • 17:30 coffee and tea available
  • 18:00 - 19:30: start of the meeting, welcome lecture in the C-Mine Creative Loft (C-Mine Crib)
    - wellcome by the city of Genk
    -  Leen Roels & Leen Gos (Heritage Unit in the Mining region) : The history of the Limburg coalfield
    - Dries VANDENBROUCKE & Vicky WUYTS (Agentschap Onroerend Erfgoed - Flemish Immovable Heritage Agency) The listing and preservation of the Limburg mining heritage
  • 19:30 - ... - drink, networking; after the drink we move to a local restaurant to have a meal together

    Warning : for those staying in Hasselt :
    - last train leaves at Genk railway station 21:07, arriving in Hasselt 21:26
    - there will be a car available to bring participants to Hasselt

Saturday 14/04  Beringen

  • 09:00 : bus leaves at railway station Genk (trains from Hasselt arrive 08:35 and 08:52)
  • 09:30 - 10:00 : registration of the participants in Beringen - coffee / tea available
  • 10:00  start of the meeting:
    - welcome by the city of Beringen
    - aims and objectives of the expert meeting


key notes

  • Jean-Louis Delaet (prés. Aslb Patrimoine Industriel Wallonie-Bruxelles; directeur Le Bois du Cazier): Le point sur le Patrimoine industriel minier en Wallonie   
  • Friederike Hansell (Project Officer UNESCO World Heritage nomination Erzgebirge/Krušnohoři Mining Region / Institute of Industrial Archaeology and History of Sciences and Technology, TU Bergakademie Freiberg) - title to be communicated
  • Joep Orbons (Stichting Ir. D.C. van Schaik / ArcheoPro):  The Underground Archaeology of the Dutch Limestone Region
  • David Sables (Leeds Beckett University): Mining the Memories
  • Kirill Shekov.(Institute of Geology of Karelian Research Center RAS) : The experience of commercialization of abandoned mine workings on the example of Ruskeala Mining Park (Republic of Karelia, Russian Federation)
  • Ursula Troche (UK): Mine and Yours. Looking at Legacies of Mining in Society: Britain and Germany


  • Paul Boutsen (transit_LAB cvba) & Filip Depuydt (BORIGINES – asbl « Marcasse et sa mémoire »): The coalmine of Marcasse and the traces of Van Gogh in the Borinage. The new masterplan.
  • Aukje de Haan (Agentschap Onroerend Erfgoed - Flemish Immovable Heritage Agency): The heritage masterplan for the limestone quarries in Riemst
  • Willibrord Rutten & Ernst Homburg (Sociaal Historisch Centrum Limburg & Werkgroep Industrieel Erfgoed Limburg): The WIEL (Working Group Industrial Heritage Limburg)
  • Kinga Stabrawa-Poweska (Wieliczka Salt Mining Museuml) : Heritage of Salt Mining. The example of Wieliczka
  • Cristina Suculă (Planeta Petrila): Planeta Petrila: the chance for a post-industrial identity
  • 13:00 lunch
  • 13:45 guided visits to the mine buildings and the mining village
  • 16:30 coffee break

17:00 open discussion - how to save and interprete large mining sites
  the discussion will be moderated by dr Marc Laenen,
Director-General emeritus of the International Centre for the Study and Restoration of Cultural Property in Rome (ICCROM),
and former director of the Bokrijk Open Air Museum and the Provincial Center of Cultural Heritage







  • 18:00 : conclusions of the day
  • evening: informal get together at a local pub, networking
  • there will be a car available to bring participants to Hasselt

Sunday 15/04: Mining heritage tour

This tour is also open to interested persons who don't take part in the conference

  • 09:00 : bus leaves at the railway station to visit the Limburg mining area and the re-use of buildings and sites : the former coal mines of Zolder, Houthalen, Waterschei and Eisden.
  • 13:00 : lunch
  • ca 17:00 end of the visits
  • train leaves at 18:08 or 19:08 - which goes via Hasselt - Leuven - to Brussels and Gent.

    For those who have to leave early to catch a train or airplane there will be a car following the bus to bring them to the railway station of Genk or Hasselt. Please indicate as soon as possible when you have to leave on Sunday



Please register as soon as possible
and not later than April 8th