The aim of the study is to find a way to save and revitalise post-industrial buildings of architectural and historical value. The coalmine in Jawiszowice became a pride of the Polish state, which regained its independence in 1918. Built in the interwar period 1918-1939, the mine was one of the technologically most advanced mines in Europe. Its architecture on the surface belongs to the best examples of industrial architecture of the 1930s. The mine was formally closed in 1997, but its shafts are necessary for the entire Brzeszcze mine system (coupled with Jawiszowice), in which they serve as revision, and ventilation shafts.

A contradiction occurs in the fact that on the one hand the Jawiszowice shafts have to be in running order until 2042, while other mine’s objects are redundant, but on the other hand, the architectural and historical values of the whole building complex call for preservation. How can one reconcile the economic rationality with the postulate of preservation, and the nostalgia of the local society? Who should pay the conservation of the otherwise unnecessary elements in the period of thirty years?