Mapping and documentation of industrial heritage, Ivanić-Grad

International Workshop

31 August – 11 September 2019



In partnership with the Friends of Heritage and the European Heritage Volunteers 

The international heritage workshop this year took place in Ivanić-Grad, a small city in vicinity to Croatia’s capital Zagreb. It is the city with rich industry which can be traced to the 19th century. The railway line built in 1899 has boosted modernization of wider area around Ivanić-Grad. In the first half of the 20th century, the industry consisted mostly of mills, sawdust, alcoholic beverage and brick factories. Thanks to the electric power plant, Ivanić had electric power already in 1913. Rich deposits of oil and natural gas, discovered in the period after the World War II in the fields and forest areas of the rural hinterland of the historic settlements of Križ, Kloštar Ivanić and Ivanić-Grad were one of the main reasons for significant changes in the economic and social structure of the population and still today have an important role for the city.

This workshop for the first time addressed the issue of the lack of documentation and valorisation of the significant industrial heritage. The work of the volunteers coming from Spain, Portugal, Argentina, Thailand, Russia, Czech Republic, Serbia and Croatia, consisted of the material research and documentation in the archives of the factories Ivasim and Ivanićplast, and architectural mapping and analysis of relevant buildings (active and inactive) in two zones: central and industrial. It resulted with more than 300 items documented in the archives and 18 buildings analysed. 

The aim was to raise awareness and make industrial heritage more visible and accessible by providing coherent information about these buildings based on research and documentation. In addition, in order to involve the local population and make use of their valuable knowledge and memories, the interviews with several former workers of these companies were conducted in order to discover the social aspect of the industrial heritage and get a more comprehensive overview of how the industry has influenced the everyday life in Ivanić-Grad. As usual, in the framework of the workshop we organized community events to share good practice examples from the volunteers’ countries, inspire the local inhabitants, share ideas and present the results.

This project provided the initial systematic overview of industry development and through storytelling contributed to raising awareness of the local community about the importance of preserving industrial heritage and further continuing the work and use it as a resource. The results of the workshop – the prototype for the website and the materials collected, are the basis for the future work towards industrial heritage valorisation and its sustainable management. In the second phase, our partners Friends of Heritage, will use these results to initiate the virtual museum – an online tool enabling everyone from the community to upload their personal archives (photographs, objects, documents etc.) directly on the website making the whole process participatory. 

Discover the full report and proposals HERE.

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From the media: 
Grad Ivanić-Grad
Portal Volim Ivanić
Hrvatska Radio Televizija, emisija Studio 4
European Route of Industrial Heritage
Radio Ivanić


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