Big Stuff 2022 was hosted in Seixal in Portugal (across the Tagus River from Lisbon). The conference focused on the Seixal Ecomuseum (Ecomuseu Municipal do Seixal) and the amazing Vale de Milhaços Gunpowder Factory with its operating steam equipment, water cooling fountain and beautiful forest setting. The organising committee were keen to hold an on-site conference but, recognising that many people were still not able to travel internationally at that time, there was also an option for online participation. The theme for the conference is “Working together? Conservation and safeguarding of industrial and technology heritage”. The program can be found here.
Presentations were published in the journal Conservar Património and are reproduced here by the kind permission of the Editors. Conservar Património is open access and the issue containing the Big Stuff 2022 papers can be found here.
Boiler House at the Vale de Milhacos Gunpowder factory, Seixal.
Alison Wain, Graça Filipe, Isabel Tissot, Laura Brambilla, Marta Manso – Conservation of industrial and technological heritage
Skye Marshall, Jacqueline Riddle – A tale of hazards: Ingenium’s industrial collections move
Patricia Ferreira Lopes, Jorge Moya Muñoz, Manuela Pires Rosa – An in-depth look at the application of GIS for industrial heritage documentation
Julie Schröter, Cyrille Foasso, Ludovic Bellot-Gurlet, Laura Brambilla – Investigating five totalizing counters manufactured by the Alphonse Darras company of the CNAM collections in Paris
Stefano Carrino, Luca Meyer; Jonathan Dreyer; Brice Chalançon, Alejandro Roda-Buch, Laura Brambilla – Data analysis techniques for the visualization and classification of historical vehicle engines’ health status using data-driven solutions
Alison Wain, Jesse Adams Stein, Mitchell Cleghorn – “Rare and vital”: positive terminology, contemporary relevance and robust teaching options for heritage maker trades
Ricardo Triães, Ânia Chasqueira, Ângela Ferraz – Things rust but memories last forever: creative conservation in the industrial heritage
William Smith, David Watkinson, Nicola Emmerson, Paul Lankester, David Thickett, Ian Leins – Comparative assessment of paint systems for use on heritage artillery at coastal forts in England: experimental design and interim report
Claire Everett, Alexander Rosnell, Malcolm Rankin – Replacement of cast iron piers on an 1886 wrought iron truss bridge in New South Wales, Australia – the challenge of preserving heritage significance during major rehabilitation work
Millena Moreira Fontes – A study of timber frame repair and the case of Gunns Mill’s old blast furnace
Thilo Buergel – Return of the space hoppers: more measures on dH Comet G-BDIX
Davide Lorenzone, Chiara Armigliato, Ilaria Pani – The conservative restoration brings the 1907 Fiat 130 HP back on the track
Eve Paillaux, Sotiris Bampitzaris, Jane Echinard, Gilles Baron, Cesar Escobar-Claros, Magali Brunet, Luc Robbiola, Elodie Guilminot – Conservation of a WWII Supermarine Spitfire section wing
Posters and Slides
Suncana Marochini and Lore Troalen – Deep Impact: Analyzing a De Havilland Comet’s Historic Paint Layers
Eve Paillaux, Sotiris Bampitzaris, Jane Echinard, Gilles Baron, Cesar Escobar-Claros, Elodie Guilminot, Magali Brunet, and Luc Robbiola – Conservation of a WWII Supermarine Spitfire wing