Regional Cultural Heritage Routes

Reception of the Middle Ages and conservation-restoration in the 19th century

Our ideas of architectural monuments are strongly influenced by the refashionings and restorations of the 19th and the early 20th centuries. For this reason the Hornemann Institute is developing regional cultural heritage routes which demonstrate to the visitors the many different factors which contribute to today's appearance and decoration of these architectural monuments.

Such an insight into the construction history and the history of conservation-restoration aims to help us perceive these architectural monuments in their material and historical complexity, thus providing a basis for appropriate professional actions by conservators - restorers and preservation experts in charge of historical buildings.

Vol. 1
Ursula Schädler-Saub:
Medieval churches in Lower Saxony -
ways of preservation and restoration

Vol. 2
Medieval town halls in Lower Saxony and Bremen,
ed. by Ursula Schädler-Saub and Angela Weyer

In cooperation with both the State and the Churches' conservation offices, as well as with the University of Applied Sciences Hildesheim/ Holzminden/ Göttingen, students of the Faculty Preservation of Cultural Heritage under the direction of Prof. Dr. Ursula Schädler-Saub studied those papers and documents in the archives which deal with the modern history of these churches.
The results of their archive research were then verified by investigations which conservators-restorers carried out on the buildings. Through these investigations, the students also collected a variety of insights into the materials and the artistic techniques used in former times.

 “Renovatum Anno 1882“, town hall at Lüneburg, detail of a door; (c) Kirsten Schröder, Markus Tillwick.