The TICCIH thematic conference on the heritage of the water industry will put the water industry infrastructure into its historic technological and social context, examine the origins of the technical solutions that were developed, and compare how they were applied in different industrial cities around the world.

Presentations by international experts will examine how historic water  infrastructure should be valued, and consider what is most significant about the heritage of the water industry. The conference is the concluding part of a thematic comparative study undertaken by TICCIH for ICOMOS to define the criteria which could be used to assess the heritage of the water industry and to identify its outstanding sites – dams, reservoirs and water towers, aqueducts, waterworks and pumping stations, filter and treatment works, and the networks of pipes and mains which connect them all together – including those which might be inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage list.

The conference will be held at the Museu Agbar de les Aigües, Barcelona. For further information and to register please visit the conference website here.

Image: GENERAL VIEW OF ENGINE NO. 4 – Boston Water Works, Chestnut Hill High-Service Pumping Station, 2450 Beacon Street, Boston, Suffolk County, MA, via Library of Congress.