Lewarde/France: BigStuff 2015 – Technical heritage: preserving authenticity – enabling identity?, September 3rd – 4th, 2015

Big Stuff is an international meeting focused on the challenges and requirements for conserving the large industrial structures and technical objects that form such an important part of our modern heritage. The meeting has been so far hosted in Canberra (2004), Bochum (2007), Duxford (2010) and Ottawa (2013). In 2015 it will be held in Lewarde/France…

The conference features two days of talks and discussions about the preservation of industrial sites, oversized objects, machinery, and working technology in the context of their significance and interpretation. The meeting aims to bring together Conservation professionals, Curators, and those working in or interested in the heritage field; to share experiences and ideas, and encourage a consistent approach to preserving technological heritage.


BigStuff 2015 will be held at the mining museum Centre Historique Minier (CHM), Lewarde/France. Details of acces are given here.


The two-day conference will take place from 3rd to 4th September 2015. It will start in the morning of Thursday, 3rd and end late afternoon Friday, 4th September.

Additional day trip

We are planning to offer an additional day trip to industrial sites in the UNESCO area Nord-Pas-de-Calais on 5th of September 2015 (not included in the conference fee).  The trip, managed by local organizers of the conference, will give an interesting insight into mining basin in North of France.

Program of Big Stuff 2015 conference (see link below)

Presenting a poster

Program with oral presentations is completed yet. But there is still an opportunity to present posters. If you are interested to do so, please contact scientific committee representative Alison Wain with a short abstract (alison.wain58@gmail.com).

Languages at the conference

Contributions can be given in English and French language. Simultaneous translation will be available.


Conference fee will be 150.00 € per person. It will include conference documents, simultaneous translation (French – English), drinks and meals during the conference, and transport from the hotel to the conference location and back.

Additional day trip will cost an extra of 50.00 €. The fee will include costs for the bus and refreshments during the trip.

Conference dinner in the evening of 3rd of September has an extra price of 20.00 € (without drinks).

Further Information here