Industrial Heritage: A New Cultural Issue



Industrial heritage is one of the mediums that best reflect the duality of Europe. On the one hand, it illustrates the exchanges that have developed on the continent for three centuries, while on the other, its recognition depends solely on a national context, as demonstrated by the opposing cases of France and the United Kingdom. Endowed with original values (work, technology, production, circulation of goods), it stands out less because of its aesthetics than by its flexibility, scope, and ability to shape landscapes.

Wool mill built in 1851 by the architects Henry Lockwood and Richard Mawson for Sir Titus Salt, one of the primary textile owners in Yorkshire (Northwest United Kingdom). Located on the Aire river, near the Leeds canal and the railroad, the model industrial town of Saltaire received UNESCO World Heritage Site status in 2001.