The invitation for preparation of a lecture for the ICMUM 2023 conference is extended primarily to:
- managers of underground mining museums and their employers
- organisers of underground tourist routes in mines
- scientists dealing with the problems of securing of mining excavations, their maintenance and revitalisation
- employers of state and international institutions dealing with financing of projects related to underground tourist routes in mines or of companies preparing applications for such grants
- representatives of non-profit organisations dealing with revitalisation and organisation of tourism in mines
- representatives of operational mines planning to organise tourist attractions or a mining museum
- members of domestic and international organisations and associations dealing with education and popularisation of the history of mining
- archaeologists, geologists, historians of material culture with experience in research work conducted in mining excavations
- specialists in mining law
- underground health care and health resort organisers
- commercial organisers of innovative solutions in the scope of education, sport, recreation and entertainment in mines
We propose you to prepare a paper and a conference presentation on the following topics:
(NOTE: topics can be combined in one paper)
1. The importance of mining for the development of human civilization, the need to protect and make accessible to tourists this diversified heritage worldwide (overview of the current situation in Poland, Europe and on other continents)
2. Mining history associations around the world and their cooperation with mining museums and tourist mines - together or separately?
3. New mining sites on the UNESCO World Heritage List and chances for others to be entered - an overview of sites entered in recent years and those applying for listing (including: how to prepare a good application, what does inscription mean - theory and practice, what is UNESCO's approach to mining heritage).
4. Funding, organisation and legal basis of tourist mines (including: available European and national funds, funding opportunities in the times of crisis and lockdown, cross-border initiatives, creation of cultural routes as an example of teamwork).
5. Research and documentation standards and methodology for the preservation of mining heritage.
6. Protection and conservatory protection of mine workings, including in particular the need to preserve mining technological processes in order to make them accessible to tourists - examples of implementation.
7. Industrial archaeology research in mines and arranging exhibitions that feature discovered artefacts.
8. Narration in mines - how to construct an attractive story for a tourist, truly authentic and promoting technical knowledge of the place? (including: guided tours or individual experience? How to prepare exemplary historical and technical information about a place?, use of multimedia and VR).
9. Mass tourism in mines and its challenges and limitations.
10. New functions of mines (culture and entertainment, sport and recreation, science and research projects, medical treatment).
11. Designing the environment of a mine and protecting the industrial landscape (including the best examples of open-air museums, mining villages and industrial parks in the world).
The plans are for maximum 120 participants to take part in the conference and for maximum 45 lectures to be delivered.
The time of the presentation: 20 minutes
A 15-minute discussion is planned after each finished session.
A detailed programme broken down into thematic sessions will be presented after the end of the acceptance of abstracts, i.e. after 21.04.2023.