The "Memory" of the Museum
From devotional pictures to a carpenter’s axe, from a day labourer’s house to a Noble's palace – each historical building and every part of the collection has its own history. Where does it come from? When was its date of origin, and what techniques and materials were used to produce it? Who had it built, rebuilt or converted? Who owned it, used it, gave it away or sold it – when, in which circumstances and under which conditions? All these questions are subject to the museum’s investigations. The findings have to be recorded, documented and made available to scientists and the interested public. This task has been assigned to the Documentation Department that acts in the background, but in fact fulfils an important service function for the museum itself as well as for the expert and general public.
All collection items have been inventoried and recorded in an inventory register stating all relevant details. The museum sees itself as a service partner and service provider for a broad public, for people interested in local history as well as for other museums or universities. An online presence of databases is planned.
A research library in the “Krummes Haus”, the museum’s administration building, completes the spectrum.