Things rust but memories last forever: creative conservation in the industrial heritage

Creator: Ricardo Triães, Ânia Chasqueira, and Ângela Ferraz

Source: Conservar Património

Publisher: ARP – Associação Profissional de Conservadores-Restauradores de Portugal

Rights: Approval to upload a pdf of each article to the Big Stuff website provided by Associação Profissional de Conservadores-restauradores de Portugal, with an acknowledgement that they were published by Conservar Património and the link to the Conservar Património issue they are in.

Date: 28/09/2023


Keywords: Industrial heritage, Creative Conservation, Preservation, Community

Abstract: The concept of creative conservation began to be developed in 2012 by conservators from the Polytechnic Institute of Tomar. This approach, which begins with a process of resignification of fragmented objects, those apparently without possible recovery and on the verge of being discarded, has the goal to develop actions that encourage reflective thinking on preservation and collective memory. This article explores its application in industrial heritage through two case studies: Cartão de Ponto project (2012), based on the conservation of a set of timecards of former workers of the Spinning Mill of Tomar, and the ongoing POR1FIO project, which seeks to create an educational tool from preserved objects from the Torres Novas Nacional Spinning & Weaving Co. These projects demonstrate that creative conservation approach can be a new strategy to help the local community to establish positive memories based on their industrial heritage and to manage the trauma from the de-industrialization processes.

Reference: Triães, R., Chasqueira, Ânia, & Ferraz, Ângela. (2023). Things rust but memories last forever: creative conservation in the industrial heritage. Conservar Património, 44, 153–164.

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