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Intangible Cultural Heritage in Industry

Capturing, Safeguarding, and Interpreting.

Event information

Date: 22 February, 2024

Organiser: Museums Galleries Scotland & Industrial Museums Scotland

Venue: Verdant Works, Dundee

This round table event brings together practitioners, researchers, and museum workers/volunteers working with industrial heritage and Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH).

Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) is defined as “traditions or living expressions inherited from our ancestors and passed on to our descendants, such as oral traditions, performing arts, social practices, rituals, festive events, knowledge and practices concerning nature and the universe or the knowledge and skills to produce traditional crafts” (UNESCO).

In the context of more recent industrial heritage, and especially where that industry has declined, the intangible heritage of working communities and ways of life can be particularly vulnerable.

This event seeks to establish a network exploring how ICH of industry can be safeguarded and promoted to interpret industrial heritage sites and collections.

This is organised in collaboration with Industrial Museums Scotland, and will feature case studies from museums and external speakers.

This event comes after the UK Government’s recent decision to ratify the UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage.


Accessibility: The museum is in a historic old mill and the courtyard leading up to the museum is cobbled. There is lift access to the conference room where this event will be taking place. The galleries through to the machines are on one level but again over some historic cobbles and some of the floor is Victorian flagstone (ie heavily uneven).

The car park is at the back of the building off of Blinshall Street, and the train station is a 15-20 minute walk away.

If you have any questions about access on the day, please email

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