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The Old Mine Science and Art Centre (Stara Kopalnia Centrum Nauki i Sztuki)

  • Health and safety
  • Land-use planning
  • Permitting processes / policy integration
  • Reporting official statistics
  • Socio-economic and environmental impact assessments

Challenge the practice is addressing: After the closure of mining plants in 1990s, mining heritage and with it historic architecture and machinery were in danger of being forgotten. As a revitalisation process, one of the former coal mines went through renovation process where the mining site was changed into a multi-functional modern science and art centre.

Concrete practice to achieve the expected goal: Buildings in the former mining site were renovated and given new uses and functions; the area now includes, for example, Museum of Industry and Technology, Ceramics Centre and Modern Art Gallery as well as a café for visitors. Tourists visiting the site can learn about the history of coal mining, mine infrastructure and the work of miners. Guided tours are arranged with the help of guides who are also former miners in the respective mining site. In addition, art exhibitions are provided in the gallery of contemporary art, and the ceramic centre operating in the premises offers guests ceramic and pottery workshops

Expected impact/goal of the practice: The project aims to conserve and protect industrial buildings, and raise awareness on Walbrzych’s mining heritage. In addition, the project intends to revive social life in the region by offering a combination of tourism activities as well as art and culture for locals.

Who is the target user group of the practice/intervention or implementing the practice/intervention? The target user group of the practice are tourists and locals in Walbrzych area.

The Old Mine Science and Art Centre (Stara Kopalnia Centrum Nauki i Sztuki)
Data item type
Practice base
Practice type
Public policy
Learning relevance
Case study
Unspecified (universally applicable)
Extractive life-cycle
Post-exploitation phase (i.e. rehabilitation)
Sustainability scope
Planning beyond the mine life
Benefit sharing
Cultural heritage and FPIC
Shared vision partnerships