In spring 2010 we visited Bochum, Germany, a major centre in the industrial Ruhr Valley.
Since the oil crisis of the 1970s, the steel mills and coal mines of the area have been abandoned and fallen into disrepair as far as industrial use is concerned. But, the buildings and structures have, in recent years, been adapted and re-configured to provide interesting museum spaces where the Ruhr’s agricultural and industrial history can be explored and relived.
The Ruhr Museum at Zollverein is a World Heritage Site and well worth a visit if you’re ever in the area.
The following images are a few highlights. The link I’ve provided above offers more information and striking images of inside the coal washing plant which is the museum’s intriguing focal point.
Note the stadium seating (above) in this old industrial structure. Concerts are held here.
It was an interesting challenge to capture the industrial in an imaginative way.
Thank you for visiting …
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