Acquisition History of the Troy Collection in Berlin

News from 07/28/2021

Long-term conservation of Heinrich Schliemann's files

Detailed view of the thread stitching of the volume of files
© Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Museum für Vor- und Frühgeschichte, Horst Junker

The Koordinierungsstelle für die Erhaltung des schriftlichen Kulturguts (Coordination Office for the Preservation of the Written Cultural Heritage) (KEK) has made funds available for conservation work to secure the long-term survival of files left by the famous archaeologist Heinrich Schliemann (1822–1890). This will be carried out at the Museum für Vor- und Frühgeschichte (Museum of Prehistory and Early History) of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin (National Museums in Berlin). The documents cast light on the complex acquisition history of the famous Troy Collection and date from 1871 to 1939. After treatment, they will be available once again for research and display. The Museum für Vor- und Frühgeschichte is itself preparing a large special exhibition to mark the bicentenary of Schliemann's birth, on 6 January 2022.

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