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Making of the Virtual Museum

Chronology: Dr. Dorothea Bartholme-Weinelt

1977

The city of Beilngries takes the initiative to set up a permanent prehistoric exhibition in the house of tourism (“Haus des Gastes”). Mayor Max Walthierer and regional curator Max Künzel are decisively involved.

1982

In the meeting room of the town hall a prehistoric exhibition is shown.

1991

For a museum in the district of Eichstätt, Dr. Karl Heinz Rieder suggests the establishment of a pre- and early-historical museum in Beilngries.

1997

Mayor Franz Xaver Uhl and regional curator Max Künzel make a move to set up a museum of the Prehistoric State Collection in Beilngries. A corresponding application is rejected by the Ministry of education and cultural affairs.

1999

Dr. Rudolf Treusch suggests setting up a museum about the Hallstatt period in Beilngries. This plan is taken up by the city of Beilngries.

2000

The department responsible of non-state museums at the Bavarian State Office for the Preservation of Monuments recommends that the city of Beilngries should no longer pursue plans for the establishment of a Hallstatt museum.

2003

Due to an initiative by Dr. Rudolf Treusch, a group of interested people with the aim to present to the public finds from Beilngries in a prehistoric museum, meet for the first time. The future Mayor of Beilngries, Brigitte Frauenknecht is also present.

2004/05

Various activities and smaller exhibitions are carried out in cooperation with the culture-historical club of Beilngries. It is also decided to get involved in the town jubilee of 2007.

2006

The working group start the preparations for an exhibition on the occasion of the first documentary reference of Beilngries in 1007.

2007

The exhibition in the premises of the “Raiffeisenbank Beilngries” is very well attended. Many visitors suggest presenting the objects permanently.

2008

After various plans to build a museum in Beilngries have proved to be unachievable, Dr. Karl Heinz Rieder suggests setting up an alternative- a website, a "virtual museum".

2009

Representatives of the initiative, which has now organized itself as a subgroup in the Society for Archeology in Bavaria, explore ways to fund the project. First cost estimates are obtained.

2010

In a conversation, a promotion by the EU Leader-project is mentioned to be possible. The application for a promotion is supported by the representatives of the Altmühl-Jurassic-communities. The city of Beilngries agrees to be the applicant and official operator of the project.

2011

Following the preparation of a cost plan and the obtaining of sponsors, the city of Beilngries applies for funding in May through the Leader-program, which was approved. Thus, contracts with different companies can be signed and the first work can begin.

2012

Work on the "virtual museum" is still in progress. In addition to the selection of useful objects and the scientific accompaniment and the reconstruction of vessels, it is the work on photos and the design of the website that is focused on.



2013

The "virtual museum" is put on the internet and can be visited by people from all over the globe.