Fundacja Ochrony Dziedzictwa Przemysłowego Śląska

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Big Stuff 2019 will address the future of large scale industrial heritage in the face of a rapidly changing environment, where social relations, architectural and urban design, landscape environments, mobility infrastructures, and spatial functions are all being transformed, and where climate change adds another unknown to the preservation of historic buildings and machinery.

Interested in presenting? Send a 500 word abstract to Alison Wain by 30 March 2019

Conference cost: 200 € / pp 

11.10.2019 Wednesday

Pre-conference excursion to Huta Katowice ironworks.

12.10.2019 Thursday

09:00 – 13:00 Presentation panels with expert discussions (1)

13:00 – 14:00 Lunch

14:00 – 17:30 Presentation panels with expert discussions (2)

17:30 The end of the official part of the first day of the conference

19:30 – 22:30 Evening concert in NOSPR concert hall (snack bar during the break of the concert)

Full program for Thursday

13.10.2019 Friday

08:30 – 11:30 Sightseeing of Wieczorek colliery

12:00 – 13:00 Lunch

13:00 – 14:00 Sightseeing of Zinc Rolling Mill

14:00 – 16:30 Workshops in Zinc Rolling Mill

16:30 – 18:00 Presentation of working groups

20:00 – 22:30 Gala party in Maciej Shaft in Zabrze

Full program for Friday

Conference cost: 200 € / pp 


  • Pre-conference tour,
  • Buses for the 11 and 13 September,
  • Lunch each day,
  • Evening concert in NOSPR concert hall in Katowice,
  • Conference cocktail party in Maciej Shaft in Zabrze,

To register, please fill out the form available online:

Big Stuff 2019 Registration Form

A limited number of rooms have been reserved at the Hotel Novotel Katowice Centrum, close to the Silesian Museum and the Philharmonic (NOSPR). Katowice also has a range of other accommodation available close to the conference venues.

To book room in Hotel Novotel Katowice Centrum please use the BOOKING FORM and send back via  e-mail (scan):

Hotel guarantees reservations made before 26.08.2019

The Ministry of Culture and National Heritage initiates and coordinates many of such projects. For years, Polish culture has met with great respect all over the world, it became our best brand, synonymous with the highest quality. Thanks to the success of our artists, it became easier to strengthen cultural links and establish lasting contact between Polish and foreign artists, art institutions or cultural animators. The presentation of Polish culture is one of the important tasks carried out by my Ministry and institutions subordinate to it.

The National Heritage Board of Poland is a state agency that gathers and disseminates information on heritage, sets standards for its protection and conservation, and aims to raise the social awareness on cultural heritage of Poland in order to save it for future generations in accordance with the strategy for sustainable development.

Katowice is the capital and largest city of Silesian Voivodeship. The largest urban center in the Silesian Metropolis, Katowice stands with a population of over 300,000 in the city itself, and over 2.1 million in the surrounding metropolitan area. Located in the middle of the province on the banks of the river Rawa, Katowice’s historical importance as Poland’s main industrial centre has been indisputable for decades.

Bound by the heritage of the region, its historical dynamics, its numerous cultures and the leading role of industry, and yet recognizing Silesia’s intellectual and artistic background, Muzeum Śląskie provides a space for dialogue with the past and the achievements of modernity to further explore Silesia, Poland and Europe.

Foundation for the Protection of Silesian Industrial Heritage

Oławska 15
50-123 Wrocław

0048 71 750 58 49

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