NWO award for FASoS project on Mining Heritage

FASoS researchers Dr Karin Wenz and Dr Annika Richterich have been granted funding from the NWO programme ‘Creative industry – Knowledge Innovation Mapping’ (KIEM) for their project ‘Hacking Heritage – Exploring and enhancing user practices of mining heritage’. For this project FASoS will team up with the Discovery Center Continium in Kerkrade, and the Heerlen-based Social Beta Foundation and the organisation Betawerk. NWO will invest an amount of €15,000 in the project, to be matched with €10,005 by the project partners.

Wenz and Richterich will investigate how the mines in South Limburg can shape contemporary local culture (heritage practices), but also how digital culture and media practices offer tools to re-appropriate heritage (innovative user practices). Looking at the socio-economic transition of South Limburg from a mining area to a region focusing on creative industries, the project aims to use digital technologies to (re-)connect diverse age groups to the region’s heritage and to achieve culturally inclusive practices.

The Creative industry – KIEM programme aims to encourage and facilitate public-private partnerships in the field of creative industries. The project will be firmly embedded in the Maastricht Centre for Art, Conservation and Heritage (MACH) on its way and has the support of MACH coordinator Dr Vivian van Saaze.