The unique character of the Deutsches Bergbau-Museum Bochum is based on the connection between the innovative and efficient research establishment and the lively and creative museum. Being one of eight Leibniz research museums in the Federal Republic of Germany we examine the development and history of mining. Our research at the Deutsches Bergbau-Museum Bochum documents and evaluates the development and history of the mining industry as an “initial production” of humanity, and as an essential necessity up to the present day on an extensive level. The production of raw materials, their use and processing are evidence and achievements of the human cultural history and therefore a cultural asset worth protecting and preserving.

The Deutsches Bergbau-Museum Bochum is the cultural commemoration of mining.

Forschung im Deutschen Bergbau-Museum Bochum

Research fields, main thematic areas and projects

The Deutsches Bergbau-Museum Bochum carries out fundamental research on mining in time and space, on mining-related objects in the museum’s own collection, and on exhibition topics. These fields of research focus on various spatial, temporal and thematic areas. Researchers from different disciplines work together on individual objects and groups of objects which fall into this category: our wide-ranging research is aimed at understanding the history of mining in all its facets, and helping to protect and preserve its cultural artefacts.

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Research areas

At the Deutsches Bergbau-Museum Bochum, research is carried out in the following areas:


The following facilities provide services relating to academic infrastructure:

Young researchers

The academic support and training of school pupils, students, doctoral candidates, trainees and post-docs is very important to the DBM. Our academic staff supervise internships, traineeships and university-based theses. We offer outstanding training and encourage young scholars to boost their careers by networking, through collaborations with external experts and institutions.

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Research news


World’s oldest gold mine in danger

One of the most important prehistoric mining sites, the basis for important mining archaeology research, is in imminent danger of being destroyed forever.

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Georgia's gold mine dilemma

Prof. Dr. Thomas Stöllner on BBC News, Tbilisi

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