The Stiftung Preussischer Kulturbesitz (Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation) is an internationally renowned cultural institution and an important player in the humanities and the social sciences. The Foundation’s name reflects the cultural heritage entrusted to it. It was founded in 1957 to preserve the collections of the Prussian state, which was dissolved after the war, as heritage for all of Germany. Since that time, the Prussian cultural heritage has evolved a far-reaching appeal that is felt well beyond Germany’s borders.
The Foundation includes museums, libraries, archives, and research institutes. Its collections have a universal character. They document the evolution of human culture from its beginnings to the present in Europe and on other continents. They began in Brandenburg and Prussia and have grown encyclopaedically. Today the Foundation is contributing crucially to the redesign of Berlin’s historical center.
Five institutions are united under the Foundation’s roof: the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin (National Museums in Berlin), the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin (Berlin State Library), the Geheimes Staatsarchiv Preussischer Kulturbesitz (Secret State Archives Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation), the Ibero-Amerikanisches Institut (Ibero-American Institute) and the Staatliches Institut für Musikforschung (State Institute for Music Research). All aspects of cultural tradition are represented within the Foundation. Moreover, all its institutions conduct independent research. They take part in numerous national and international networks, cooperation and projects.
The Institut für Museumsforschung (Institute for Museum Research) is attached to the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin. It is the partner in the RICHES project.
The Institute was founded in 1979 as Institut für Museumskunde (Institute of Museology) and renamed in 2006. It provides services to museums throughout Germany as well as the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin in the areas of research, practical dissemination of knowledge and documentation. It supplements the activities of the regional museum associations as well as the advisory and public bodies in each of the German states.
The scope of the institute’s work includes visitor research, support and consultancy for museums in digitisation, development of tools, long-term archiving, museum management, documentation, thesauri, new media and education. The Institute co-operates with national and international partners in many projects to achieve these goals.
Findings pertinent to the museums are published in three serial publications: “Berliner Schriften zur Museumsforschung”, “Materialien aus dem Institut für Museumsforschung” and “Mitteilungen und Berichte aus dem Institut für Museumsforschung”. The institute also publishes annual statistics on museums in Germany.
SPK will offer to RICHES its network of cultural institutions as source of information and knowledge for the research. SPK brings also in RICHES a long lasting and acknowledged expertise on digitisation and transmission of CH. In RICHES, SPK will lead WP6 where case studies are developed as the practical basis for the development of recommendations, reports and resources in WP7.
Monika Hagedorn-Saupe (Staff Member of the Institute for Museum Research, Member of the Board of the German Museum Association, Member of MSEG, Professor in Museology at the University of Applied Sciences HTW in Berlin/Germany), firstname.lastname@example.org
Stefan Rohde-Enslin (Staff Member of the Institute for Museum Research and State Museums in Berlin, Responsible to support museums in questions of digitisation and long term preservation of digital data), email@example.com
André Wipper (Project Assistant), firstname.lastname@example.org
Swenja Wirtz (Project Assistant), email@example.com
Katerina Charatzopoulou (Project Assistant), K.Charatzopoulou@smb.spk-berlin.de