main objective of the Raphael programme and its ININ (Innovative
Iron Network: "Iron and Man History and Future") project
is to restore the network of historic ironworks between Finland and
Western Europe and also to revive contacts with the old ironworks
and mining districts of Russia. Historically the ironworks were
centres of innovations, new thinking and modern technology in
Europe, and they can again have this role in the future.
problems arising from structural change within industry have forced
individual ironworks and other traditional industrial communities in
all parts of Europe to seek and develop new types of models for
their lives and the further developmentof their dwelling
environments. The often significant architectural and historic value
of old industrial facilities and ironworks sites has been recognised
more explicitly. The restoration of industrial sites and the quest
for new patterns of use for abandoned buildings and areas is an
extensive area of activity throughout Europe and North America.
The Industrial Heritage
Association, the Finnish chapter of the
(The Industrial Committee For the Conservation of Industrial
Heritage) applied to the EU for funding for the ININ project. This
association collaborates closely with Finland's National Board of
Antiquities, which recommended the project to the EU authorities.
The Finnish Ministry of Education, Regional Councils of Uusimaa, Itä-Uusimaa,
Central Ostrobothnia, Satakunta, Savo and local communes of Finland
have sponsored Iron and Man Project.