The Memory of Work and the Future of Industrial Heritage: New Issues Five Years Later


  • Juan José Castillo Universidad Complutense de Madrid



work culture, workers and enterprises' archives, intangible patrimony, The International Committee for the Conservation of Industrial Heritage, research on memory and culture


In recent years there has been a revitalization and even creation of archives related to the world of work, including those generated by social actors of production, as well as by exchanges and services, such as private or public companies, cooperatives, professional associations, trade unions, political parties, guilds and employer's entities, mutual societies and labor law firms amongst others. In this context and from the perspective of industrial archeology what I want to point out in this article is what I perceive and endorse as a change of emphasis in society: the memory of work, a fundamental part of industrial culture, recovers again the value and preeminence it deserves. I will further critically reflect on what my research group has done and will finally consider the advances and difficulties of a research project aiming at the study and eventual recovery and preservation of the memory of work inside industrial heritage.



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Author Biography

Juan José Castillo, Universidad Complutense de Madrid

Juan José CASTILLO is Professor of Sociology at the University Complutense of Madrid and member of The International Committee for de Conservation of Industrial Heritage (TICCIH), Spain Board.




How to Cite

Castillo, J. J. (2011). The Memory of Work and the Future of Industrial Heritage: New Issues Five Years Later. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 12(3).



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