Recognized as World Heritage by UNESCO since 10 years, the four main coalmine sites of Wallonia (GrandHornu, Bois-du-Luc, Bois du Cazier et Blegny-Mine) have as mission to transmit the heritage which they have in charge to the next generations such as the conservation and the memory transmission linked in.
It is also about a memory of history, the life, custums, technics, specific innovation in mining industry than the environment (nature ans social).

The colloquium will ask questions about efforts made by different postindustrial sites to activate this memory and this industrial culture, in particular mining, to promote and to update it.
It will give an overview about the current solutions already experienced : digitization, heritage modelling, film production, interactive exhibitions, local participatory experiences, etc.
In the prospective way, guests will present their solutions in the experimental stage or already established as 3D, virtual visits…

The purpose of this colloquium
– Diversify publics and touch other publics
– To come within the scope of updating the process (language, programs, tools, mediation, new technologies)
– Make a list of good practices

Program : 

Friday 18th November

Morning session chaired by Professor Helmut Albrecht , Expert to TICCIH (The International Committee for the Conservation of Industrial Heritage) (D)
- 9 am : Welcome of the participants
- 9.30 am : Welcome word
- 9.35 am : Introduction by Valérie De Bue, Minister of Heritage
- 9.50 am :  Introduction by the Professor Helmut Albrecht, Examiner of the nomination of the Major Mining Sites of Wallonia for inclusion on the World Heritage List
- 10 am : Marie-Caroline Janand, Director of the Couriot Mine Museum in Saint-Etienne (F)
Virtual immersion: getting into the mood?
- 10.20 am: Romain Jacquet, Project Manager, Heritage oriented, IT trainer for « Musées et Société en Wallonie »MSW (B)
Valorization of industrial heritage through a digital solution (Behind The Museum)
- 10.40 am: Coffee break
- 11 am : Eline Chalmet, Public and Communication Coordinator, Industriemuseum, Ghent (B)
Expanding the audience of the Museum of Industry: inspiring practices
- 11.20 am: Bertrand Gene, Programme and Development Manager Discovery Museum in Kerkrade(NL)
Industrial memory shapes our future : reflections on a visitor-centred approach
- 11.40 am: Fernand Collin, Director of the Prehistomuseum,Flémalle(B)
Avatars of heritage,
The Lascaux 3D experience at the Prehistomuseum
- 12 pm : Questions and answers
- 12.30 pm: Lunch
- 2 pm: Workshops organised by the four major mining sites in Wallonia
Grand-Hornu : Strengthening the role of culture and sustainable tourism in economic development, social inclusion and social innovation
Bois du Cazier : The 9th art, a bubble of oxygen for the memory: the comic strip as a playful tool of mediation
Bois du Luc : What opportunities to make our mediations sustainable?
Blegny-Mine: Museography: how far to go in bringing technology into the museum circuit ?
- 4.00 pm : Coffee break
- 4.15 pm : Reports from the workshops chaired by Jean-Louis Delaet, President of Patrimoine Industriel Wallonie-Bruxelles (B)
- 5.30 pm : Visit to the exhibition At the coalface ! Design in a post-carbon age (Grand-Hornu)

Saturday 19th November

Morning session chaired by Gislaine Devillers, First Attaché to the Walloon Heritage Agency, in charge of the application file for the Major Mining Sites of Wallonia
- 9.30 am : welcome of the participants
- 10 am : Christiane Baum, Secretary General of ERIH (European Route of Industrial Heritage) (D)
How to promote industrial heritage to different audiences - good practices of the ERIH network
- 10.20 am : Marie-Paule Jungblut, Scientific collaborator at the Institute of History of the University of Luxembourg, Lecturer at the Seminar of Museology of the University of Liège (L)
Migrants' chronicles 1892
An educational digital game between veracity and playability
-10.40 am : Stéphane Laridan, Head of cultural mediators at the Historical Mining Centre of Lewarde & Audrey Lampérière, Cultural mediation  assistant(F)
Mediation at the Historical Mining Centre: between adaptation and innovation to meet the expectations of the public.
- 11:00 am : Nicolas Verschueren, Professor of contemporary history at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (B)
Pencil lead : mining worlds in Franco-Belgian comics
- 11:20 am : Kostas Apostolakis, Head of R&D Institute of Computer Science, Foundation for Research and Technology - FORTH-ICS (GR)
Video games as a medium for preserving cultural memory and advocating for transitional justice: The MEMENTOES Project
- 11.40 am : Conclusion by the conference rapporteur Massimo Preite, Professor at the University of Florence, Member of the TICCIH and ERIH boards
12.30 pm : Lunch
- 1.45 pm : Departure for the visit of the Bois du Cazier

Price : 30 € per day or 50€ for 2 days

Reservations : ou 065/613902 before 14th november