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Patrimoine industriel et scientifique : la collection de paléobotanique de l'université de Lille

Abstract : The history of industry and the universities of Nord-Pas-de-Calais are closely intertwined since the first appearance of industrial activities and in all kinds of areas: Louis Pasteur with the brewers, Eugène Herzog with aluminum converters or Robert Gabillard for the Lille underground are examples. Consequently, the community of universities and institutions of Lille North of France has at its disposal a considerable heritage of which the inventory and development remain to be done. The case of the coal industry illustrates this issue. The palaeobotanical collection at the University of Lille is intimately linked to the industrial history of the north of France. This collection of fossil plants was gathered during the period when coal was dug from seams - and whose exploitation constituted the region's chief industry for over one and a half centuries. Its patrimonial value is two-fold: the collection is intended for scientific use; its origins and development date back only to the industrial age. The apparent ambivalence is resolved by recognizing that the specific collection of natural history would never have existed without the Industrial Age exploitation of the underground subsoil in the mining basin. This article will develop the double nature of the impressive palaeobotanical collection.
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Antoine Matrion, Jessie Cuvelier. Patrimoine industriel et scientifique : la collection de paléobotanique de l'université de Lille. Patrimoine industriel, CILAC, 2014, Patrimoine industriel en Nord-Pas-de-Calais, 65, pp.108 - 117. ⟨hal-02485118⟩



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