The Haus der Bayerischen Geschichte is planning a unique exhibition tracing Bavaria’s journey to a modern state. What is the Bavarian brand? How has the free state become what it is today? The exhibition will be held at a museum in the heart of historic Regensburg, reflecting the city’s diverse townscape and setting modern technical standards for a “museum of the future”. The Bavariathek, the virtual extension of the museum, will play a key role here, innovatively recounting elements of Bavaria’s history through multimedia, and giving school groups in particular the opportunity to create their own productions – from classic exhibitions, to films, to apps.
The journey through time starts in the foyer, where the showroom provides an overview of the region’s history from its Roman roots to 1800, based on monuments found in the city of Regensburg. This multimedia 3D panorama will be open to the public. The permanent exhibition itself will focus on more recent history, connecting the 19th century to the present. The “big pictures” will play a key role, presenting defining historic events and phenomena through prominent exhibits on stages. Themes considered typical of Bavaria’s character are featured in special “cultura cabinets”, where stereotypes are compared with reality and discussed. All in all, the exhibition adopts a holistic approach to presenting history, addressing the major political courses – including in a German and European context – as well as economic and cultural events, highlighting people of all social groups. Numerous citizens are participating in the museum: Since 2012, over 1,500 mementos have been collected, all of which tell their own individual story. These objects will recount history from personal perspectives, showcased as part of the exhibition or incorporated through multimedia at the Bavariathek.
The Bavariathek equips the museum for the multimedia-based future. The historic objects are digitalised, stored in a media archive, and made accessible to the public through a special online portal. Coupled with applications on specific aspects of Bavarian history, the Bavariathek will particularly be available school students and university students, as well as all history enthusiasts, for research and documentation purposes. A co-operation established between the University of Regensburg and the Amberg-Weiden University of Applied Sciences in 2016 will help with the project’s ongoing multimedia developments. The Bavariathek is not just virtual; it also has a fixed location in Regensburg: Technically equipped media premises serving as a training centre are being built at the Donaumarkt next to the museum. It’s a place where school groups can further their history knowledge, while also build on their media skills. The primary focus is on critically using research tools, documenting and interpreting historic sources, and creating one’s own media products. School students, for example can use the results of various assignments to produce virtual exhibitions or publish their own apps, videos, podcasts or publications.