Social Archaeology #3

Coimbra, Portugal, 2013

Production stopped, people disappeared and so did the machines. Huge industrial skeletons were left behind, living archaeologies of a dislocated economy.

 

The question remains. What are the effects in a city, in a decade, of loosing most of its industrial capability? How are identity, self-esteem and the feeling of belonging affected in the whole population when some of its major references have disappeared?

 

From 2001 to 2010 Coimbra lost five big industrial companies: Triunfo, 2001, Cerâmicas Estaco 2001, Fábrica de Cervejas de Coimbra 2002, Porcelanas de Coimbra 2005, Ceres 2010.

 

 Figures show that more than 3000 jobs may have been at stake, but there is no quantification of data on a sociological level.

 

The city has changed.

 

This project is set within a wider reflection over the big industrial changes that affected Portugal and the economic, social and identity consequences they have brought about.

 

This research began in 2005 and still goes on.