East-West Workshops

The East-West Workshops on Industrial Archaeology aim to exchange ideas and knowledge among Western and Eastern colleagues to build a more international and diverse industrial archaeology.

The workshops are organised jointly by the Institute for Cultural Heritage and History of Science and Technology (USTB, China), and the Association for Industrial Archaeology together with its Young Members Board.

It is planned to hold two workshop events each year, in the (Northern Hemisphere) Spring and Autumn.

Recordings of the first two workshops are available on the AIA YouTube channel

The third edition of the East-West Workshop aims to strengthen diversity. We embrace diversity in a wide sense, considering, among others, its gender, generational, cultural, ethnic, racial and geographical dimensions. More weight is given on this occasion to the work of women in industrial archaeology (which aims to counterbalance the majority of male speakers in our previous meetings), while we count on a contribution from Pakistan for the first time in an international IA event. The speakers will discuss diversity and equality in industrial archaeology, the engagement of children and teenagers, the role of museums, and the chronological and geographical boundaries of the discipline.


Zoom (online meeting).


19 November, Saturday.

10.30-12.30 (London) / 12.30-14.30 (Bucharest) / 15:30-17:30 (Islamabad) / 18.30-20.30 (Beijing)


Penelope FOREMAN (British Museum, UK)

“From classroom to boardroom: the importance of representation and engagement in industrial heritage”

Dongdong WANG (University of Science and Technology Beijing, China)

“Discussion and interpretation of mining and metallurgical cultural heritage in Chinese museums”

Florentina-Cristina MERCIU (University of Bucharest, Romania)

“Diversity in approaching proto-industrial heritage. The water mills from Rudăria area (Romania) as a case study

Sami ULLAH (The Urban Unit, Pakistan)

“Evolution and identification of industrial archaeology in Pakistan”


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Penelope FOREMAN is an archaeologist and museum engagement specialist, who focuses on working on community-led heritage projects that give marginalised and minority communities a voice and platform to share their cultural heritage. Her archaeological expertise is in the megaliths of the European Neolithic (PhD Bournemouth 2019) and the preservation of industrial heritage, particularly mines and railways. She is currently the national lead on the Culture Bus schools programme for the British Museum, as well as sitting on the board of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists and a trustee of the National Coal Mining Museum for England.

Dongdong WANG is an associate professor at the Institute for Cultural Heritage and History of Science & Technology (University of Science and Technology Beijing, China). She holds BA and MA Degrees in Chinese Archaeology (Peking University, China), and MA and PhD Degrees in Cultural Resource Management (Kazanawa University, Japan). Her research interests are Chinese and Japanese cultural resource management, archaeological site conservation and utilisation, community participation in site conservation, and industrial archaeology and heritage.

Florentina-Cristina MERCIU is an assistant professor at the Faculty of Geography, University of Bucharest, Romania. Her research interests are concerned with the context of industrial heritage regeneration and urban development of former industrial areas through a cultural approach.

Sami ULLAH works as a Project Officer (Archaeology) for The Urban Unit, a renowned governmental company from Pakistan. He has dug archaeological sites of Pakistan’s Islamic, Indus, Buddhist and Hindu periods. He holds a Gold Medal and Master’s Degree in Archaeology from the University of Punjab, Lahore. He is currently working on the identification of industrial heritage in Pakistan. 

The first East-West Workshop was held on 8th May 2021. The speakers were:

  • Professor Marilyn Palmer (President of the Association for Industrial Archaeology) who spoke on: “Industrial Archaeology in Theory”
  • Dr. Mike Nevell (Industrial Heritage Support Officer for England) who spoke on: “Industrial Archaeology in Practice in the UK and Europe”
  • Professor Wei Qian (Dean of the Institute for Cultural Heritage and History of Science and Technology, USTB) who spoke on: “Industrial Archaeology and Heritage in China: A General Overview”
  • Dr. Juan M. Cano Sanchiz (Associate Professor at the ICHHST. Internationalisation officer for the YMB-AIA) who spoke one: “A Comparative Approach to China and Europe: Differences, Common Points and Potential Lines of Collaboration”

The second East-West Workshop was held on 21st May 2022. The speakers were:

  • Yuchen Wang (University of Science and Technology Beijing) who spoke on: “Electronic industry heritage: the example of the Chinese display industry”
  • Otis Gilbert (Wessex Archaeology) who spoke on: “Digging industrial Britain: two case studies from Sheffield and Normanton”
  • Mário Bruno Pastor (Portuguese Catholic University) who spoke on “The Millano’s woollen mills in Portugal: an archaeology of absence”
  • Tiago Silva Alves Muniz (Federal University of Pará) who spoke on: “The rubber industrial complex and entanglements in the Brazilian Amazon”