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Site minier de Wallers-Arenberg

Rue Michel Rondet
59135 Wallers
Wallers-Arenberg mining site The mining site is reinventing itself There is no heritage without an heir! The Nord-Pas de Calais mining basin has been inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List since 2012. The territory and its stakeholders are committed to the management and protection of this precious heritage with a view to passing it on to future generations. Far from freezing it, this preservation is based on the reconversion of an entire territory: the Wallers-Arenberg mining site which has become a center of excellence dedicated to the image and digital media of the future, is one of the five major emblematic sites of this heritage conversion. The history of the mining site from 1899 to today Opened in 1899 by the Anzin Mining Company, the Arenberg pit symbolizes the whole evolution of the mining epic. Put into operation in 1903, it quickly became one of the most productive of the Company: 218,915 tonnes in 1906, and up to 452,630 tonnes in 1930. In 1930, coal production increased dramatically while the techniques continue to evolve. In 1954, the National Coal Mines created a new operating headquarters in Arenberg and built a more efficient wash house. The site then became a powerful headquarters for concentration, equipped with the most modern equipment. However, the recession in the 1970s and the depletion of resources caused production to collapse. Exploitation will stop in March 1989. The mining site will be revived during the shooting of the film Germinal, directed by Claude Berri in 1993, with the main actors Miou-Miou, Gérard Depardieu and Renaud. The projectors turned off again, a few passionate miners having played the role of extras in the film, decide to create the association the friends of Germinal and former miners. Converted into guides, they comment with great emotion and anecdotes on their workplace, invested in particular by an exhibition room on the life of miners and the history of Arenberg, and by the galleries of the sets of the film Germinal Protected as Historic Monuments since 1992, the Wallers-Arenberg pit, unique with its three head frames, is one of the major places in the mining basin registered as World Heritage. Prestigious recognition for our territory and its heritage! Precious like the pyramids of Egypt What does this prestigious recognition tell us about our territory and its heritage? Yes, the history of the mining basin counts! Yes, part of the History of Humanity has been written here. Yes, for several centuries, industrial and working history has changed the face of the world, and this is just as important as that of the pharaohs, cathedral builders or kings. No more no less ! Our heritage and our landscapes tell this human imprint with force. And if they are not preserved, if we do not take care of them, who will testify to them in 50, 100 years and even ... in 40 centuries as for the Pyramids of Egypt? Exceptional and plural The mining site of Wallers-Arenberg, a large mining site, takes us back in time, to the heart of the history of the Black Gueules. The discovery of the surrounding mining cities, conical or flat slag heaps, the imposing national forest of Raismes-Saint-Amand-Wallers and the spectacular pond at Goriaux, offers us a concentration of the riches and diversity of the landscapes of the mining basin extending from east to west, for 120 km, from Condé-sur-l'Escaut to Enquin-lez-Guinegatte. To represent all these facets, the perimeter of the World Heritage mining basin includes 353 heritage elements and 4,000 hectares of landscape. HOW TO DISCOVER THE MINING SITE AND ITS SURROUNDINGS? From January 27, 2020 until the end of 2020, the buildings that house the historic heritage trail and the pit square are the subject of a vast restoration and upgrading project. We therefore invite you to meet in 2021 to (re) discover the mining site and its heritage riches. Possibility of other thematic guided tours in French and in foreign languages by the guides of the Tourist Office. Visit on Tuesday June 30 at 3 p.m. Under the petticoats of the headframe. Visit to the mining town on Tuesday August 4 at 10 a.m. These two tours are exclusively outdoors. No guided tour on the site in July and August 2020. Guided tour of the mining site: 5 € / person.Information on the dates of the guided tours at the Tourist Office of La Porte du Hainaut at +33 (0) 3 27 48 39 65 or by email:; in the Agenda section of our website or in the Animations guide downloadable below! For bicycle fans: from May to September, the “Vélo Tour à Wallers-Arenberg” from the mining site in the company of a guide from the Tourist Office of La Porte du Hainaut, depending on availability. Duration: 2 hours. Only in the afternoon, Saturdays and Sundays. Minimum 10 people for the visit to be guaranteed. Price: € 7 / person, bike rental not included. INFORMATION AND RESERVATION 8 days before at the Tourist Office of La Porte du Hainaut at +33 (0) 3 27 48 39 65 or by email: FOR GROUPS: Reservations, information and prices from the Tourist Office on +33 (0) 3 27 48 39 65 or by email: or the association for the defense and protection of the heritage and former miners of Wallers-Arenberg at +33 ( 0) 6 04 15 05 44 (M. Cottel). Hosting professional events: Trade fairs, seminars, plenary sessions, screenings, etc. The Tourist Office and Arenberg Creative Mine offer to organize on-site management meetings, steering committees, brainstorming, etc. With the possibility of combining on site or in the surrounding area, a team building activity, guided tour, cycling, initiation to Nordic walking, and occasional activities hosted on site ... For the organization, contact the Tourist Office on +33 (0) 3 27 48 39 65 or by email: UNESCO World Heritage: Cultural and festive season throughout the year throughout the territory of the Mining Basin Nord Pas de Calais. More information on:
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