National Collaborative Inventory of Industrial Heritage – INCPI




Start   .   1ª fase: 2019

Duration   .   24 meses
Principal Investigator   .   Leonor Medeiros (CHAM)




Funding Entity

Associação Portuguesa de Arqueologia Industrial (APAI)
Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas, Universidade Nova de Lisboa (NOVA FCSH)



As Amado Mendes states, 'it is no longer just the ancestral knowledge of craftsmen that is becoming increasingly difficult to find, but also the characteristic monuments of the whole development of industrial civilisation over the last two centuries' (Mendes, 1991, p. 117) which, in the short period since the deindustrialisation of the 1970s and 1980s, have rapidly vanished from our urban landscapes, along with the social practices and ways of life of that era, causing serious losses to the historical memory. The inventory and recording work thus becomes essential to understanding the evidence bequeathed by industrial society and placing it in its temporal, social and technological framework, as well as to provide knowledge, education, and the passing of memory, helping to define priorities and strategies for its safeguarding (Oglethorpe & McDonald 2012; TICCIH, 2003). The National Collaborative Inventory of Industrial Heritage (INCPI) originated within the civil society as a mission of the Portuguese Association of Industrial Archaeology (APAI) and is rooted in NOVA FCSH in order to resume, update, systematize and complete the inventory of Portuguese industrial heritage. Given the scale and diversity of the assets that constitute this heritage, the project is defined by a collaborative approach, using citizen science and encouraging the sharing of knowledge among the different actors involved in the process.



The National Collaborative Inventory of Industrial Heritage (INCPI) aims at promoting awareness of the industrial past, safeguarding its material culture and transforming knowledge into valuable contributions to present-day society. The identification and survey of Portuguese industrial heritage assets, the training of qualified agents in different sectors of society, and the systematisation and sharing of the acquired knowledge are intended to provide the different communities with access to an important and valuable cultural, scientific and technical legacy, which marked an era but is rapidly disappearing.







Leonor Medeiros   .    Coordenator

Jorge Custódio (IHC, NOVA FCSH)

Deolinda Folgado (IHC, NOVA FCSH)

José Rebelo (NOVA FCSH)

Jéssica Monteiro (NOVA FCSH)

Ricardo António (NOVA FCSH)