BigStuff '07

BigStuff 2007

Beyond Conservation – Industrial Heritage Management

07.09.2007 – 14.09.2007

Big Stuff has become now a unique triennial international meeting focused on the challenges and triumphs of conserving our large technology heritage. The conference features four days of talks, workshops and discussions about the preservation of sites, oversized objects, machinery, and working technology in the context of their significance and interpretation. The meeting aims to bring together Conservation professionals, Curators, and those working in or interested in the heritage field; to share experiences and ideas, and encourage a consistent approach to preserving technological heritage.

Following the very successful starting conference, BigStuff 2004, in Australia, a sequel—BigStuff 2007—took place in the Ruhr region (Ruhrgebiet), a former highly-industrialized coal and steel region in Germany. Organizer was the German Mining Museum (Deutsche Bergbau-Museum) in Bochum, in partnership with the Westphalian Museum of Industry (Westfälischen Industriemuseum) in Dortmund. The conference was organized under the motto ‘Beyond Conservation – Industrial Heritage Management’: Over the past 20 years an increasing number of industrial sites have been declared as monuments regarding their importance for the development of the region. This listing however did not consider the fact that the sites were never intended to survive for eternity. Because of their architecture, size and huge complexity they exceed all dimensions and aspects of conventional monument conservation BigStuff 2007 intended to bring together experts who have achieved results in preserving this kind of monuments and contribute to an exchange of information and knowledge.


Listed below you will find the proceedings from the BigStuff 2007 conference.

The proceedings, which can be downloaded here, include:

  • A conference reader presenting all organization details as well as the abstracts of all kind of contributions (invited lectures, national reports, workshop notes, posters and informal contributions);
  • PP presentations of lectures provided by the speaker;
  • full text versions some contributions provided by the speaker;
  • transcriptions of the question and answer sessions which followed most of the presentations;
  • written versions of material presented at the poster session;
  • a transcription of the open discussion: "Future directions in the care of large technology" held at the end of the workshop;
 

Conference Papers

Invited Lectures

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Australian National University
Large technology projects - success and sustainability (Presentation)
Large technology projects - success and sustainability (Paper)
Kornelius Goetz
Büro für Restaurierungsberatung
Action plan for industrial monuments - a German attempt to improve the management of large sites (Paper)
Action plan for industrial monuments - a German attempt to improve the management of large sites (Presentation)
Hans-Peter Noll
RAG Montan Immobilien GmbH
“Chance Denkmal” - An innovative sales practice for listed buildings
Kate Clark
Historic Houses Trust (HHT)
Big Stuff – Big Difference - understanding the archaeology, significance and impact of industrial heritage projects
Rolf Hoehmann The industrial heritage of modern iron- and steelmaking in Europe: Preservation before extinction
Stefan Brueggerhoff
Deutsches Bergbau-Museum Bochum
Coating for industrial heritage surfaces - between the poles of aesthetics and durability (Paper)
Coating for industrial heritage surfaces - between the poles of aesthetics and durability (Presentation)
Shane Casey
National Museum Australia
Preventive conservation of large scale industrial objects - the Victorian steamship Great Britain (Paper)
Preventive conservation of large scale industrial objects - the Victorian steamship Great Britain (Presentation)
David de Haan
Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust
Running an Industrial World Heritage Site: A prominent example - Ironbridge Gorge (Paper)
Running an Industrial World Heritage Site: A prominent example - Ironbridge Gorge (Presentation)
David Hallam
National Museum Australia
Ethical and philosophical issues of operating of functional objects; a developing approach (Paper)
Ethical and philosophical issues of operating of functional objects; a developing approach (Presentation)
Thorsten Seifert
Stiftung Zollverein
"Museumspath” Zollverein - Ways through the industrial heritage (Paper
Brian Barker
IWM Duxford
Training of volunteers in aviation conservation

National Reports

Athanasios Chatsigogas NATIONAL REPORT 2006 GREECE: Industrial monuments - gains and losses
Milos Matej Country Report: Czech Republic
Patric Viaene
Steunpunt Industrieel Wetenschappelijk Erfgoed
BigStuff in a small country. Experiences of conservation of large size industrial heritage in Belgium
Nakayama Shunsuke
National Research Institute for Cultural Properties, Tokyo
Conservation of large-scale modern cultural heritage in Japan
Scott F. See Country update for the United States (Presentation)
Axel Foehl IBA (Internationale Bauausstellung) Emscherpark - a successful attempt in Germany

Workshops

Stefan Niederhagemann
Deutsches Bergbau-Museum Bochum
Optimizing the rehabilitation work of Malakofftower Prosper II (Presentation)
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Norsk Bergverksmuseum
A recording experience (Paper)
A recording experience (Presentation)
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LWL-Industriemuseum
Hidden Treasures (Paper)
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Museo delle miniere di romagna
Are we just “hooking up” to machines a no-life expectations patient? The challenges of cultural significance conservation when physical fabric preservation is an ever postponed goal (Paper)
Are we just “hooking up” to machines a no-life expectations patient? The challenges of cultural significance conservation when physical fabric preservation is an ever postponed goal (Presentation)
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Weltkulturerbe Völklinger Hütte
Restoring large concrete storage buildings at the World Heritage Site Völklingen Ironworks (Presentation)
Mathias Conrads
Dr. A. Conrads Lacke GmbH & Co. KG
Coating systems for industrial monuments - demands and options (Presentation)
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FHTW Berlin
Historical automobiles as cultural-historical objects(Paper)
Historical automobiles as cultural-historical objects(Presentation)
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Anita Kuisle: Büro für Technikgeschichte
Communication – our new challenge? A call for dialogue(Paper)
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Krupp: a cast steel manufactory as archaeological resource(Paper)
Krupp: a cast steel manufactory as archaeological resource (Presentation)
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Pro Torpedo, Rijeka
The torpedo testing station in Rijeka, reconstruction and chances for muealisation (Presentation)
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Stiftung Industriedenkmalpflege und Geschichtskultur
Pathway through heritage: Necessary and endcumbing (Presentation)
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University of Gothenburg
Fengersfors Work – musealisation to working order as instrument for regional development (Paper)
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Kew Bridge Steam Museum
Operating very large stationary steam engines under museum conditions (Paper)
Michael Farrenkopf
Deutsches Bergbau-Museum Bochum
Time witnesses of German coking plants: An interview project of the historian circle of the VDKF (Presentation)