The beginning of the twenty-first century has seen considerable renewal in how the industrial heritage is considered. Its contribution to our understanding of the past, the way it is approached by academic research, its place in the evolution both of landscapes and of societies, all these are witnessing rapid change. Under the title “Industrial Heritage in the Twenty-First Century, New Challenges”, the sixteenth TICCIH Congress to be held at Lille and in its region in 2015 aims to give a general, world-wide review of the present-day state of industrial heritage, opening up new perspectives on the people involved in it, its achievements and its recognition.
Much effort is still necessary to give industrial heritage the social recognition it deserves, but the Congress will show how, throughout the world, it is a heritage that can make contributions where contemporary demands are concerned, in terms of sustainable development, urban regeneration, architectural invention, local economies, culture and education. The role of the citizen and the part that citizens can play will be at the heart of our appr