International Colloquium: Historic harbour cranes – Restoration and re-use of a living monumental heritage (Antwerp, November 13, 2015)

Colloquium: Historic harbour cranes – Restoration and re-use of a living monumental heritage

International colloquium
November 13th 2015
MAS, Antwerp, Belgium

Historic harbour cranes – Restoration and re-use of a living monumental heritage
For centuries, harbour cranes played a key role in the growing efficiency of seaports, certainly since the breakthrough of steam technology. Their dimensions and their number made harbour cranes iconic for harbours and harbour cities. The historic cranes that have been conserved up the present day have become a very specific and monumental ‘engineering heritage’. In addition to their function as a landmark or a museum piece, they have also a contemporary destination.

This international congress aims to address professionals and volunteers in the world of Industrial Heritage, researchers, urban planners and historic preservation workers.

During this congress international experts will delve deeply into the value of historic harbour cranes and the position of this ‘monumental heritage’ in contemporary harbours.

Based on cases from different countries, the pros and cons of operating historic cranes are explained. What does it mean to keep operating cranes, with steam power, hydraulic power or with historic electric installations?

Finally, crane drivers – traditionally – play an essential role. Where do we find the operators for historic cranes? How do we secure their knowledge and experience? How do we train them for the future?

More information and programme: http://www.mas.be/Museum_MAS_EN/MASEN/Activities/Congress–Historic-harbour-cranes.html

Registration
Registration before october 31 2015
Email name, organisation, function at harbourcranes @ stad.antwerpen.be
Your registration will only be valid after transfer of 20 EUR to BE42-4097 5857 0154 of ‘Antwerpen Kunstenstad’ mentioning “harbour cranes”
More information: harbourcranes @ stad.antwerpen.be