Peenemünde Historical Technical Museum has had a restoration workshop for metal since 2006. This is transparently set up, giving visitors an insight into the work of the restorer who works here. Upon request, tours can also be given to provide an overview of the problems faced when restoring/preserving material objects of technical history and their ambivalence, at the place where weapons of mass destruction were developed and built. Small and larger restoration projects are planned and implemented with the highest standards and in accordance with the Venice Charta (1964), as well as the monument preservation laws of the state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and national and international guidelines.
A restoration project completed in 2011 at the Peenemünde power plant was awarded the top prize for European monument maintenance, the “European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Award 2013” in Category I – Restoration and Preservation. It included the restoration of masonry and boiler house systems, the crusher house with the inclined elevator, the sieving building and the coaling station. The greatest challenge during this project was the reconditioning of asbestos in the power plant’s boiler room.
The Historical Technical Museum is a recognised place of assignment of the International Youth Services (ijgd) and the Jugendbauhütte (Youth Builder’s Hut) Stralsund/Szczecin of the German Foundation for Monument Protection. Since 2008, interns from Poland and Germany have been spending their voluntary year working in monument preservation at the museum, where they are supervised and prepared for a university course of vocational training. The placement year is recognised as a pre-study internship for the “Restoration” degree course (specialisation in technical cultural heritage, metal, handicraft).
An “Archive for Restoration Technology” is under construction, which will provide an interesting insight into the different ways of restoring/preserving art and cultural material made from metal and from all time periods. Questions such as “how can a chandelier from the 17th century with half its pieces missing and the other half broken be restored in its splendour?”, “How can a Baroque door lock be refurbished and made to work again without losing its authenticity?”, “How can I process tin objects – from candlesticks to sarcophagi?”, “How do you do you stop a cast zinc object from the 19th century deteriorating and repair a golden chalice and give it its purpose back?” Objects, mainly those that are in use, will be helped with answers from the archive to preserve them for future generations.
You can contact the restoration workshop directly:
– Wolfgang Hofmann –
Im Kraftwerk, 17449 Peenemünde
Tel. 038371/505 200