Preservation, Restoration and Revitalization of the Idrija Mercury Mine Smelting Plant Area – Part of the ‘Heritage of Mercury. Almadén and Idrija’ UNESCO Site

Dizdarevič, Tatjana and Peljhan, Martina (2018) Preservation, Restoration and Revitalization of the Idrija Mercury Mine Smelting Plant Area – Part of the ‘Heritage of Mercury. Almadén and Idrija’ UNESCO Site. In: Protection and Reuse of Industrial Heritage: Dilemmas, Problems, Examples. Monographic publications of ICOMOS Slovenia (2). ICOMOS Slovenia, Ljubljana, pp. 112-121. ISBN 978-961-288-673-8 [Book Section]

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Abstract (in English)

Idrija has managed to preserve the diverse and unique industrial and technical heritage of its 500-year-old mining history that tells the story of mercury, which was inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List in 2012. Many mining facilities, machines, equipment and documents were preserved during the Idrija Mercury Mine’s closing down and liquidation process. One of the crucial parts of the mine that has not yet been renovated is the smelting plant, which is in danger of losing its protected properties due to its deteriorating state. The area of the monument covers the cableway end-station, the building of the ore separation and crushing plant, conveyor belts, collection silo, rotary furnace, smoke chamber, smoke pipelines and chimney, and the Špirek-Čermak furnace. The smelting plant represents the final phase of the mine’s development. Its renovation and renewal is a significant challenge in terms of financing and expertise. In February 2014, the Idrija Mercury Heritage Management Centre (IMHMC), a public institution, took over the management of the smelting plant area from the Idrija Mercury Mine, Ltd. – in liquidation. The IMHMC was founded pursuant to a decision of the Slovenian Government aimed at the comprehensive and sustainable management and preservation of cultural heritage and natural values linked to the Idrija ore deposit. The IMHMC successfully applied to a call for proposals to co-finance the project ‘IDRIJA – SMELTING PLANT AREA OF THE IDRIJA MERCURY MINE – 1st PHASE OF RECONSTRUCTION’ under the EEA Financial Mechanism Programme 2009-2014 – B.3. Cultural Heritage, in the amount of EUR 2 million. Its project partners are the Idrija Municipal Museum and the Magma Geopark from Norway. The goal of the project is to preserve the endangered cultural monument and enrich it with new content, enhance its modernity and attractiveness, revive its heritage with educational content, raise awareness of the importance of preserving cultural heritage, and enhance tourism opportunities in the area. The project was begun on 30 December 2014 and will be completed on 31 December 2016. This paper was presented during the 2nd International Symposium on Cultural Heritage and Legal Issues, organized in October 2015 by ICOMOS Slovenia with the support of the Council of Europe, the Institute for the Protection of Cultural heritage in Slovenia, the Slovenian Ministry of Culture and TICCIH Slovenia.

Item Type: Book Section
Authors:
AuthorsEmail
Dizdarevič, TatjanaUNSPECIFIED
Peljhan, MartinaUNSPECIFIED
Languages: English
Keywords: industrial heritage; mining towns; mines; mining equipment; management; cultural administration; legal protection; conservation of industrial heritage; protection of industrial heritage; world heritage; world heritage sites; enhancement; public administration; public awareness; presentation; cultural tourism; management of cultural heritage; case studies; Slovenia
Subjects: A. THEORETICAL AND GENERAL ASPECTS > 12. Theory of conservation
E.CONSERVATION AND RESTORATION > 05. Sites
E.CONSERVATION AND RESTORATION > 07. Management
E.CONSERVATION AND RESTORATION > 11. Legal protection and Administration
H.HERITAGE TYPOLOGIES > 16. Industrial and technical heritage
H.HERITAGE TYPOLOGIES > 28. World Heritage
L.PRESENTATION AND TRANSMISSION OF HERITAGE > 02. Interpretation
L.PRESENTATION AND TRANSMISSION OF HERITAGE > 03. Presentation
L.PRESENTATION AND TRANSMISSION OF HERITAGE > 04. Public awareness
L.PRESENTATION AND TRANSMISSION OF HERITAGE > 06. Musealization
L.PRESENTATION AND TRANSMISSION OF HERITAGE > 07. Education
Name of monument, town, site, museum: Heritage of Mercury. Almadén and Idrija, Spain & Slovenia
UNESCO WHC Number: 1313rev
National Committee: Slovenia
Institutions & Partners: TICCIH
Number: 2
ISBN: 978-961-288-673-8
Depositing User: Mrs Lucile Smirnov
Date Deposited: 31 Jul 2019 13:03
Last Modified: 31 Jul 2019 13:03
URI: http://openarchive.icomos.org/id/eprint/2140

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