“Any old iron?” Much more than that: Industrial heritage in Dortmund
Industry and cultural heritage – how are they supposed to go together? Well, I guess the terms “industrial culture” or even “industrial heritage” do sound a bit strange, but if you come to Dortmund and get a feeling for the town today, you will see just how much industry has impacted on the people and life here – it is our heritage and it is our culture.
Compared to most of the other cities in the Ruhr Region, Dortmund has been extremely successful in coping with what is commonly known as structural change. Over the last few decades the city has purposefully developed into a centre of IT, biotechnology and logistics. However, anyone who was born in Dortmund has also inherited a bit of the cultural heritage of the city, as somehow we have all got our roots in industry. Practically everyone here knows someone or has a relative who once worked down the pit or in the steelworks.
And anyway, you’re bound to come across traces of coal, steel and beer wherever you go in Dortmund.