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Mapping and documentation of industrial heritage, Ivanić-Grad

International Workshop

31 August – 11 September 2019

In partnership with:

  • European Heritage Volunteers

  • Friends of Heritage (Ivanić-Grad)


The international heritage workshop in 2019 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. 

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.


Public events were organized 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, used 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.

From the media: 

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

With the support of: 

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