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Chair of Philosophy of Education

Research Centre for Historical Visual Media

The „Research Centre for Historical Visual Media” under the direction of Dr. Ina Katharina Uphoff is located at the Chair of Philosophy of Education at the University of Würzburg. This research centre houses Europe’s most extensive collection of school wallcharts including special literature concerning all school subjects covering a time span of 150 years.

Activities, Tasks and Goals

  • Digitisation and research of historical visual media, international networking and research cooperation
  • Third-party funded research projects on a national and international level (see projects)
  • Preparation of image and text data, provision of images for research and exhibition purposes (e.g. culture-, art- and media historical research centres, museums)
  • Support of research and teaching; mentoring of bachelor’s and master’s thesis; supervision for dissertation projects
  • Continuous additions and expansions of the image and literature inventory
  • Expansion of educational offerings at the archiv

The Inventory

Over 400m² are available for the school wallchart’s archive. It houses Europe’s most extensive collection of school wallcharts including special literature concerning all school subjects covering a time span of 150 years.

School Wallcharts

Schulwandbilder
Das Bild zeigt drei verschiedene Schulwandbilder nebeneinander angeordnet.

Hundreds of school wallcharts were produced in their peak period starting in the 1870s, the series often consisting of dozens of single images. Learn more about their history and research relevance here.

Projects

The Research Centre for Historical Visual Media has been and is part of numerous research and exhibition projects. Get an overview here.

Educational Opportunities at the Archive

 

The Research Centre for Historical Visual Media invites you to get to know the archive as well as the archive’s work through different educational projects. Here you can get to know the different formats.

Team

Find the right contact person for your question or interest about the Research Centre for Historical Visual Media.

Image Database

Get to know more about our image database and the research opportunities in our archive.

Cooperation Partners

As a result of the interdisciplinary and international focus, the Würzburg research centre works with various other research institutions and museums in and outside of Germany. These include various educational, creative and cultural science institutions of universities, as for example the Research Library for the History of Education in Berlin (BBF). One of the collaboration partners is e.g. the Natinoaal Onderwijsmuseum in Dordrecht, Netherlands.

In the past few years, well-known museums have used images from the “Research Centre for Historical Visual Media” for permanent and special exhibits, as among others the Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, the Deutsches Hygiene Museum Dresden or the Militärhistorisches Museum der Bundeswehr.