The Industrial Heritage: Managing Resources and Uses is the first integrated approach to the assessment, conservation, interpretation, financing and management for the complex heritage of industrial cultures. It breaks new ground, as the authors (both active workers in the field) suggest that concepts of heritage defined to deal with pre-industrial cultures are of limited use in dealing with the very different demands presented by industrial objects and the societies which produced them. And because the impact of industrialisation changes over time and within different societies the authors havve produced a comparative international survey, which looks at projects in many countries. They look in detail at the current revaluation of hitherto-ignored assets of industrial culture and assess their future viability. They also consider ways in which supprt and involvement can be obtained for industrial projects (drawing on a wide range of itnernational examples) and also suggest how these programmes can be established and monitored.
The essence of this book is practicality, drawing lists and examples from the real issues which confront those concerned with preserving and managing the industrial heritage.