Between history and the present
The museums in the district
The district of Spree-Neiße, located in Lower Lusatia, is characterised by the historical settlement area of the Sorbs/Wends, mining, former industrial sites and natural features such as the Spreewald. This natural and cultural heritage is cultivated by the museums.
The more than 30 museum institutions in the district of Spree-Neiße see, in addition to the basics of their work such as collecting, preserving, researching, exhibiting and mediating, more and more their tasks in the areas of leisure and tourism as well as in the promotion of cultural identity. In today's world, they see themselves as places of lively debate between history and the present.
The Lusatian Museum Land
However, the increasing demands on museum institutions can only be mastered in the future with the help of new strategies, modern technology and functioning networks. For this reason, with the help of the "Region in Action" project, a museum network was initiated in 2006 to support, document and present the work of the many individual institutions - the "Lusatian Museum Land". By networking museum activities, it is possible for the museums to advance scientific and cultural projects while maintaining their individual orientation.
For example, it was possible to make progress in archiving and documentation as core tasks and an indispensable basis for the scientific work of museums. Through the creation and large-scale use of the software "MUSEO", a technically innovative solution in the form of a central, re-usable long-term archive, exhibits and inventory are digitally archived, managed and made synergetically usable.
Within the structure of the "Lusatian Museum Land" it will continue to be possible to promote and develop existing cultural initiatives such as the "Museum Night in Lusatian Museum Land" with great success.
With the brand "Lusatian Museum Land", public relations work can be intensified at the same time. A professional image, the presentation on a joint internet portal and other measures create an improved perception. This presence and the use of new technical possibilities will also make the museums' work easier.
The network "Lusatian Museum Land" makes it possible to experience the high status that museum institutions have in the cultural landscape of the district of Spree-Neiße. It is the common goal of the museums and the district of Spree-Neiße to secure and expand this status in times of scarce financial and personnel resources. Only lively museum institutions can raise awareness of the home region and build a bridge between history and the present.