Industrial Heritage Science
In order to fulfil the core functions of a museum with a primary focus on technology, we have to answer questions about the material preservation of cultural artefacts made of a wide variety of materials. Research on this area is not concerned solely with objects from our own museum. Development and evaluation projects offer scientific services relating to the conservation and protection of (mainly) industrial heritage sites, and their adaptation to new uses.
Conservation and restoration techniques for the preservation of composite objects with high proportions of elastomers and other synthetic materials (rubber materials).
High-polymer materials – especially rubber – up to and including fully synthetic plastics, have now found their way into all areas of our lives. For many museum collections they now constitute a group of objects which are especially difficult to preserve. Decomposition and the resulting disintegration of the material lead – if not to complete loss of the object – at least to severe impairment of the object context. ...read more
The exploration of mining cavities is a key medium for studying the technical and economic activities of historical extractive industries. They are significant elements of all mining landscapes. Adequate surveying and representation is an important task here.read more