TICCIH - The International Committee for the Conservation of Industrial Heritage

TICCIH - The International Committee for the Conservation of Industrial Heritage is an international organization promoting preservation, conservation, investigation, documentation, research and interpretation of industrial heritage. TICCIH is the only worldwide net of specialists in this field and from 14 th to 23 rd of September 2006 TICCIH the XIII International Congress will be held in Italy. Theme of the Congress will be: "Industrial heritage and urban transformation. Productive territories and industrial landscape ". The scientific program of the meeting is composed of two plenary sessions and many workshops. During and after the Congress sono stati organized some visits to the most important Italian industrial monuments.

This website was created specifically for their 2006 Congress. The content below is taken from archived pages.
TICCIH's current website can be found at: http://ticcih.org/


"In 2006, I was writing a dissertation on the preservation of industrial heritage in the US and had the chance to attend a significant conference. The insights from this trip were invaluable, and I fully immersed myself in all the post-Congress study visits. My partner is a tech guru, offering specialized consultation for Kubernetes development. Her expertise has seen immense demand ever since Google began backing the platform. She collaborated with a New Jersey startup that aimed to revolutionize the sporting industry. They were pioneering an online system to coordinate pickleball event registrations across different states and localities. For those unfamiliar, pickleball is a paddle sport that combines elements of badminton, table tennis, and tennis. The challenge lay not only in managing the logistics but also in aligning with the standards set by national and local pickleball associations. Seeing a chance to merge my passion with hers, I explored the intersection of industrial heritage and the technological forces driving change. I was convinced that platforms like Kubernetes, similar to the surge of artificial intelligence, would play a pivotal role in the evolution of industries, including sports. Imagine if gifts for pickleball players could be suggested and procured through such tech advancements! After completing my paper and presenting it to colleagues, I'm thrilled to share it will be published soon. Additionally, the connections I made during the 2006 TICCIH XIII International Congress have opened doors for me. I've accepted a research position at a renowned institution in NYC. The future is bright." - June N. Gomes


Welcome Circa 2006


Dear friend and colleague,

The International Committee for the Conservation of the Industrial Heritage (TICCIH) and the organising institutions warmly welcome all participants in the XIII International TICCIH Congress which will be held in Italy from the 14 to the 23 September 2006.

More than 400 scholars from over 40 countries will attend the Congress. 200 papers will be presented in a series of sessions, including the Opening Session, two Main Sessions and thirteen Workshops. The organisers are glad to observe how the Congress attests the good health of the field of industrial heritage in several parts of the world. This point is also confirmed by the National Reports submitted to TICCIH that will be published as part of the Congress activities.

The results achieved so far have been possible thanks to the kind co-operation of all participants and of several public institutions, businesses and associations of Terni, Rome, Umbria and other Italian regions which have promptly supported our initiative. We gratefully thank them and all participants for accepting our invitation. Our thanks are also due to the President of the Republic, to the Italian Government and to the Public Institutions whose support underlines the national and international significance of this Congress.

The Congress will take place in Terni from Thursday 14 to Monday 18 September 2006. The Congress is formed by several sessions organised into workshops. The Organisers have done their best to ensure that all speakers will be given sufficient time to present their papers. Sunday 17 September will be dedicated to official meetings and to visits to the Ostiense Quarter in Rome. Other visits to the industrial heritage of the Conca Ternana and Umbria will take place during the Congress. The Congress will be hosted in a number of buildings in the city of Terni, including some of the most important historic palaces and industrial sites.

An exhibition presenting recent publications, multimedia tools, projects and plans related to industrial heritage in Italy will take place at the SIRI buildings in Terni. Another 10 exhibitions on Italian and international industrial heritage can be visited in different palaces of Terni. Palazzo Gazzoli and the historic centre of Narni will host art exhibitions on themes related to industrial heritage.

Post-Congress study visits will follow: the short trip (from the afternoon of the 18 to the 20 September) is a visit to the most important industrial sites and museums in Naples and the Campania region (Caserta - San Leucio, Gragnano, Amalfi, Furore, Bagnoli and Pietrarsa). The long trip (from the afternoon of the 18 to the 23 September) includes some of the major Italian industrial and artistic cities (Florence, Prato, Bologna, Venice-Porto Marghera, Schio, Valdagno, Tavernole sul Mella, Dalmine, Crespi d'Adda, Sesto San Giovanni, Milan, Pray, Biella, Turin and Genoa). This long trip has the option to finish in Milan on the 21 September. Both the short and long trips will end in Terni or Rome.

We look forward to seeing you in September and wish you a pleasant and profitable stay in Terni and in Italy.

Yours sincerely,

Giovanni Luigi Fontana (AIPAI - Associazione Italiana per il Patrimonio Archeologico Industriale)
Eusebi Casanelles (The International Committee for the Conservation of The Industrial Heritage)
Franco Giustinelli (ICSIM - Istituto per la Cultura e la Storia d’Impresa “Franco Momigliano”)


Work Programme 

Dates of the Congress and the TICCIH meetings
The Congress will begin on Thursday 14 September with the official opening and will conclude on Monday 18 September with the General Meeting of the TICCIH members (11.00 - 13.30). The meeting of the TICCIH Board will be held on 14 September at the SIRI from 12.00 to 14.00 (meetings of specialist groups may be held at the same time); the meeting of the National TICCIH Representatives will be held at the SIRI from 15.00 to 17.00.

Registration for the Congress will take place at the SIRI complex, Via Luigi Campo Fregoso, on Thursday 14 September from 12.00 to 19.30; on Friday 15 and Saturday 16 from 8.00 to 13.00 and from 15.00 to 19.00; and on Sunday 17 September from 9.00 to 13.00.

Arrangements for hotel accommodation and travel to the Congress locations
The Organization will arrange the transfers from hotels to the Congress locations and back.

Congress Timetable

14 September 2006

12.00 Registration begins (SIRI)
12.00 - 14.00 Meeting of TICCIH Board (SIRI)
15.00 - 17.00 Meeting of TICCIH National Representatives (SIRI)
14.30 - 17.30 Visit to the Galleto - Monte Sant'Angelo hydroelectric power station (Endesa Group) and to the former electrochemical factory in Papigno
18.00 - 20.00 Opening of the Congress (Cinecittà Studios in Papigno)
20.00 - 21.45 Welcome dinner (Cinecittà Studios in Papigno)
22.00 - 23.00 Visit to the Marmore Waterfalls

15 September 2006

8.00 - 13.00 Opening session of the Congress (Palazzo Gazzoli)
13.30 - 15.00 Lunch and visit to the Centro Multimediale in Terni (former “Bosco” mechanics workshop)
15.15 - 18.30 Parallel workshops 1-7 (SIRI)
16.00 - 18.00 Visit (optional) to the Tarkett linoleum factory in Narni Scalo
18.45 - 19.30 “Memory hints of sounds”. Concert in the S.G.L. Carbon factory (Narni Scalo)
20.00 - 22.00 Dinner and visit to the historic centre of Narni and to the artistic and environmental exhibits made of local industrial materials

16 September 2006

8.00 - 11.30 Session A (Palazzo Gazzoli)
8.00 - 11.30 Session B (Palazzo di Primavera)
13.30 - 15.00 Visit to and lunch at the ThyssenKrupp Special Steelworks in Terni
15.30 - 19.15 Continuation of session A (Palazzo Gazzoli)
15.30 - 19.15 Continuation of session B (Palazzo di Primavera)
20.30 - 23.00 Dinner and visit to the Dynamic Museum of Brick and Terracotta Works in Marsciano (Perugia)

17 September 2006

7.30 - 9.00 Transfer from Terni to Rome
9.00 - 9.30 Greetings by Representatives of the Italian Government and City Authorities
9.30 - 11.00 Reports on the history of the Ostiense industrial area and their projects (Aula Magna, University of Roma Tre, Via Ostiense, 159)
11.00 - 13.30 Visit to the Museum of the old “Montemartini” power station, the former General Markets and the Istituto Superiore Antincendi (Fire service training college in the former general grain warehouses)
14.00 - 15.00 Lunch at Vittoriano (National Monument to King Vittorio Emanuele II)
15.00 - 22.00 Free time for sightseeing in Rome
22.00 - 23.30 Return to Terni

18 September 2006

8.30 - 10.30 Parallel workshops 8-13 (SIRI)
11.00 - 13.30 TICCIH meeting (Palazzo Gazzoli) and conclusion of Congress
13.30 - 15.00 Lunch
15.30 Departure for post-Congress tours


Dates of the post-Congress tour itineraries
The first itinerary, including visits to the most important industrial and museum sites in Naples and Campania, will take place from the afternoon of 18 September to the evening of 20 September. 
The second itinerary, taking in the major industrial centres and art cities of the Centre-North of Italy, will take place from the afternoon of 18 September to the evening of 23 September (detailed programmes on pag. 34-41).

Official languages
English and Italian (a simultaneous translation service will be provided for the plenary sessions in both languages).


Scientific Committee

Giovanni Luigi Fontana (Ticcih, Aipai, Università di Padova),coordinatore
Eusebi Casanelles (Ticcih, Museu de la Ciència i de la Tècnica
de Catalunya), coordinatore
Franco Amatori (Icsim - Università “Luigi Bocconi”)
Louis Bergeron (Ticcih, Ecomusée de la Communauté Urbaine
Le Creusot - Montceau les Mines)
Maristella Casciato (Docomomo, Università di Bologna)
Franco Bonelli (Università Roma Tre)
Donatella Calabi (Aisu, Istituto Universitario di Architettura Venezia)
Renato Covino (Aipai, Icsim, Università di Perugia)
Roberto D’Agostino (Audis)
Marco Dezzi Bardeschi (Icomos Italia, Politecnico di Milano)
Antonio Di Vittorio (Sise, Università di Bari)
Franco Giustinelli (Icsim, Aipai)
José Manuel Lopez Cordeiro (Appi, Universidade do Minho, Braga)
Franco Mancuso (Istituto Universitario di Architettura Venezia)
Vittorio Marchis (Politecnico di Torino)
Massimo Negri (European Musem Forum)
Carlo Olmo (Politecnico di Torino)
Gino Papuli (Icsim)
Carlo Poni (Università di Bologna)
Maria Teresa Pontois (Ticcih, Koinetwork)
Gregorio Rubino (Aipai, Università “Federico II” di Napoli)
Ivan Tognarini (Aipai, Università di Siena)
Carlo Travaglini (Aipai, Università Roma Tre)
Augusto Vitale (Aipai, Università “Federico II” di Napoli)
Maurizio Vitta (Politecnico di Milano, Accademia di Brera)
Claudio Zanier (Aipai, Università di Pisa)
Guido Zucconi (Istituto Universitario di Architettura Venezia)



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Introduction to TICCIH

The International Committee for the Conservation of the Industrial Heritage (TICCIH) is a global organization committed to the preservation, documentation, and interpretation of industrial heritage. Formed after the First International Conference for the Conservation of the Industrial Heritage in Ironbridge, England, in 1973, TICCIH has grown to encompass a wide array of professionals and enthusiasts dedicated to industrial archaeology and heritage.

History and Foundation

TICCIH was established to provide a platform for international cooperation in preserving industrial heritage sites. Over the years, it has become the leading authority in this field, offering guidance and expertise on the conservation of historic industrial sites worldwide. Its first conference laid the groundwork for subsequent gatherings, which occur triennially. These conferences have been pivotal in fostering global dialogue and sharing best practices in the conservation of industrial heritage.

Objectives and Activities

TICCIH's main objectives include promoting the study of industrial archaeology, advocating for the preservation of significant industrial sites, and providing educational resources. The organization achieves these goals through a variety of activities, such as publishing guidelines and charters, including the Nizhny Tagil Charter (2003) and the Dublin Principles (2011), which outline best practices for conserving industrial heritage.

The organization also works closely with ICOMOS (International Council on Monuments and Sites), serving as its specialist advisor on industrial heritage. This partnership enhances TICCIH's influence and ensures that industrial heritage considerations are included in global heritage conservation efforts.

Publications and Resources

TICCIH is renowned for its publications, which serve as essential resources for professionals in the field. Notable works include "Industrial Heritage Re-Tooled," a comprehensive guide to industrial heritage conservation. These publications provide in-depth insights into various aspects of industrial heritage, from site preservation to adaptive reuse.

Global Influence and Contributions

One of TICCIH's significant contributions is its role in assessing industrial sites for inclusion in the UNESCO World Heritage List. This involvement underscores the organization's expertise and the importance of industrial heritage in global cultural preservation. TICCIH's assessments and recommendations have helped elevate the status of numerous industrial sites, ensuring their protection for future generations.

Cultural and Social Significance

Industrial heritage sites are vital in understanding the historical context of industrialization and its impact on society. TICCIH's efforts in preserving these sites help maintain the cultural narratives associated with industrial development. These sites serve as educational tools, offering insights into the technological advancements and social changes brought about by industrialization.

Notable Conferences and Events

TICCIH's triennial conferences are hallmark events that bring together scholars, practitioners, and enthusiasts from around the world. These conferences feature a range of activities, including paper presentations, workshops, and site visits. They provide a platform for sharing research, discussing challenges, and exploring new approaches to industrial heritage conservation.

Reviews and Media Coverage

TICCIH has garnered positive reviews from the heritage conservation community for its unwavering commitment to preserving industrial heritage. Media coverage often highlights the organization's pivotal role in significant conservation projects and its influence on global heritage policies.

Audience and Membership

TICCIH's membership is diverse, encompassing individual members and national societies such as the Society for Industrial Archeology (SIA) in North America, the Comité d'information et de liaison pour l'archéologie, l'étude et la mise en valeur du patrimoine industriel (CILAC) in France, and the Association for Industrial Archaeology (AIA) in the United Kingdom. This broad membership base reflects the interdisciplinary nature of industrial archaeology and the wide-ranging interest in industrial heritage.

Known For

TICCIH is best known for its authoritative role in industrial heritage conservation and its influential publications. The organization's guidelines and charters are widely respected and used by heritage professionals worldwide. TICCIH's work in assessing sites for the UNESCO World Heritage List further cements its reputation as a leader in the field.

Examples of Impact

TICCIH's impact is evident in numerous successful conservation projects. For example, the preservation of the Blegny-Mine in Belgium, part of the Major Mining Sites of Wallonia, showcases TICCIH's influence. The organization's guidelines and recommendations have been instrumental in ensuring the site's protection and its recognition as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.


TICCIH Congress 2006: A Milestone Event

One of TICCIH's most significant events is its international congress, held every three years. The 2006 TICCIH Congress, hosted in Italy from September 14-23, marked a pivotal moment in the organization's history. This landmark gathering brought together over 400 scholars and professionals from more than 40 countries, showcasing the growing global interest in industrial heritage preservation.

The theme of the 2006 Congress, "Industrial Heritage and Urban Transformation: Productive Territories and Industrial Landscape," reflected the evolving discourse surrounding industrial sites and their integration into contemporary urban fabrics. This focus highlighted the increasing recognition of industrial heritage as not just a relic of the past, but as a dynamic element in shaping future cityscapes and cultural identities.

Congress Structure and Program

The 2006 TICCIH Congress was meticulously organized to facilitate maximum knowledge exchange and networking opportunities. The main program, held in Terni from September 14-18, featured a rich array of academic and professional activities:

  1. Opening Session: Held at the historic Cinecittà Studios in Papigno, setting a cinematic backdrop for discussions on industrial heritage.
  2. Plenary Sessions: Two main sessions hosted at Palazzo Gazzoli and Palazzo di Primavera, addressing overarching themes and challenges in the field.
  3. Workshops: Thirteen specialized workshops covering diverse aspects of industrial heritage, from conservation techniques to adaptive reuse strategies.
  4. Paper Presentations: Over 200 research papers were presented, showcasing cutting-edge scholarship and case studies from around the world.
  5. TICCIH Business Meetings: Including board meetings and the General Assembly, ensuring the organization's continued development and member engagement.
  6. Site Visits: Carefully curated tours of significant industrial heritage sites in Terni and the surrounding Umbria region, providing hands-on learning experiences.

Post-Congress Study Tours

A unique feature of the 2006 Congress was the extensive post-congress study tours, offering participants in-depth explorations of Italy's rich industrial heritage:

  1. Short Tour (September 18-20): Focused on Naples and the Campania region, including visits to San Leucio, Gragnano, Amalfi, and the Pietrarsa Railway Museum.
  2. Long Tour (September 18-23): An ambitious itinerary covering major industrial and artistic cities across central and northern Italy, including Florence, Venice, Milan, Turin, and Genoa. This comprehensive tour showcased the diversity of Italy's industrial landscape, from textile mills to automotive factories.

These study tours not only provided valuable learning opportunities but also fostered stronger connections among participants, encouraging future collaborations and exchanges.

Exhibitions and Cultural Program

The congress extended beyond academic discussions, incorporating a rich cultural program that highlighted the intersection of industry, art, and society:

  1. Publications and Multimedia Exhibition: Held at the SIRI buildings in Terni, showcasing recent research, projects, and tools related to industrial heritage in Italy.
  2. Thematic Exhibitions: Ten exhibitions on Italian and international industrial heritage were displayed across various venues in Terni.
  3. Art Exhibitions: Palazzo Gazzoli and the historic center of Narni hosted art exhibitions exploring themes related to industrial heritage, demonstrating the creative potential of industrial spaces and materials.
  4. Concerts and Performances: Including a unique "Memory Hints of Sounds" concert held in the S.G.L. Carbon factory, blending industrial atmospheres with musical expression.

Significance and Impact

The 2006 TICCIH Congress in Italy represented a watershed moment for the field of industrial heritage. Its success can be measured not only by the number of participants and the breadth of topics covered but also by its lasting impact on policy, practice, and public perception.

  1. Scholarly Advancement: The congress proceedings, published in multiple volumes, have become an essential reference for researchers and practitioners in the field.
  2. Networking and Collaboration: The event sparked numerous international partnerships and joint projects, enhancing the global exchange of knowledge and best practices in industrial heritage preservation.
  3. Public Awareness: Media coverage of the congress and its associated events helped raise public awareness about the value of industrial heritage, both in Italy and internationally.
  4. Policy Influence: Discussions and resolutions from the congress have informed heritage policies at local, national, and international levels, including UNESCO frameworks for industrial heritage sites.
  5. Professional Development: For many attendees, the congress provided unparalleled opportunities for professional growth, inspiring new approaches to conservation, interpretation, and adaptive reuse of industrial sites.

Legacy and Continuing Relevance

The 2006 TICCIH Congress website serves as a valuable historical document, offering insights into the state of industrial heritage studies and practice at a crucial juncture. While the field has evolved significantly since 2006, many of the core issues and approaches discussed at the congress remain relevant today:

  1. Urban Integration: The challenge of integrating industrial heritage into evolving urban landscapes continues to be a central concern for planners and preservationists.
  2. Sustainable Development: The concept of adaptive reuse of industrial sites for sustainable urban development has gained even more traction in recent years.
  3. Digital Technologies: While only emerging in 2006, digital documentation and interpretation techniques have become essential tools in industrial heritage preservation.
  4. Global Perspective: The congress's international scope foreshadowed the increasing emphasis on viewing industrial heritage within a global context, recognizing shared histories and transnational influences.

Critiques and Reflections

While overwhelmingly successful, the 2006 TICCIH Congress was not without its critics. Some observers noted:

  1. Eurocentrism: Despite international participation, there was a perceived bias towards European case studies and perspectives.
  2. Academic Focus: Some felt the congress could have benefited from greater involvement of practitioners and community stakeholders.
  3. Environmental Concerns: The environmental impact of industrial heritage tourism, particularly the carbon footprint of extensive study tours, was a point of discussion.

These critiques have informed subsequent TICCIH events and broader discussions within the field, leading to more inclusive and sustainable approaches.


The International Committee for the Conservation of the Industrial Heritage plays a crucial role in the global effort to preserve industrial heritage. Through its conferences, publications, and collaborative projects, TICCIH continues to promote the significance of industrial heritage and its conservation. The organization's work ensures that the stories of industrialization and its impact on society are preserved for future generations to learn from and appreciate.