Athabasca University Industrial Heritage Course (Online & In-Person)
Athabasca University’s Heritage Resources Management Program will be offering Industrial Heritage course in winter 2019 (January to April; 14 weeks online and one week in-person). Full details of the course can be found here.
With changes in technology and the global distribution of industrial production continuing to reshape our world, this is an exciting moment to examine the impact that industry has had on our society. And as the direct experience of living and working with industry becomes, for many people, an increasingly distant one, this compact but comprehensive course on industrial heritage and the techniques of industrial archaeology will enable you to understand and appreciate the artefacts, buildings, settlements, and landscapes it has left us and the ways developed to protect and explain them for the future. As well as a key resource for studying our past, industrial heritage assets are important to sustain and develop contemporary communities, as we shall discover during the following months. Through a varied selection of readings and assignments, we will explore these questions and the lively debates around industrial conservation, museums, interpretation, reuse, and tourism.
Participants will start the course online by learning about theoretical frameworks as they relate to conservation, interpretation, and management planning of industrial heritage. During the week of April 1-5, 2019, participants will have the opportunity to work in teams on a project at St. Albert’s Grain Elevator Park (Alberta, Canada). Please be advised that attending residency week is required for successful completion of the course.
This training makes participants familiar with the principle characteristics of the industrial heritage and the array of tools and techniques used for its study, care, and use. The practical application of techniques in the analysis and documentation of industrial sites is a fundamental aspect of industrial heritage education, and beside the online component of the course, participation in one-week in residence project forms a central part of the training.
James Douet will teach the course both online and in person during the residency week.
James Douet is an English historic buildings consultant, exhibition curator, and teacher. He began to specialize in industrial heritage during the 1980s, taking a postgraduate degree at the Ironbridge Institute before working with the English heritage protection agency on thematic surveys of industrial sites and settlements and publishing books on industrial chimneys, water pumping stations, and military barracks.He has lived in Spain for twenty years, producing exhibition projects, preparing interpretation programs, and documenting historic industrial sites. He drafted the text for the 2003 TICCIH/ICOMOS Nizhny Tagil Charter for Industrial Heritage, he is the editor of the TICCIH Bulletin (the quarterly publication of the international association for industrial heritage), and in 2013 he edited Industrial Heritage Retooled: The TICCIH Guide to Industrial Heritage Conservation. He also teaches cultural resource management and urban history at study-abroad schools in Barcelona.
Everyone is welcome to register. Participants can take the course either as part of their university studies (3 credits) or for professional development (as a non-program student).
Note: The course registration deadline is December 7, 2018.
If you are interested in taking this course, please contact our office for registration procedures at firstname.lastname@example.org or Toll Free Telephone: 1-800-788-9041 ext. 6792.
If you would like to discuss how this course may fit into your current program or any other questions, please contact the program director at email@example.com or 1-780-458-1105 / 1-855-337-8590.
Athabasca University acknowledges the kind support of St. Albert Arts and Heritage Foundation for the residency component of this course.