Exhibition "Books Move. 375 Years of the Gotha Research Library"

Exhibition and accompanying programme

Sunday, 10 April to Sunday, 19 June 2022
Tuesday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Hall of Mirrors, Friedenstein Castle
Curator: Dr. Kathrin Paasch

Ceremonial opening
Saturday, 9 April 2022, 2 p.m.

The exhibition traces the eventful history of the Gotha Research Library, the origin of the books and the writing and thought movements of its readers. It tells the story(s) of Gotha's book and library history from the library's foundation in 1647 to the 21st century. It displays treasures and curiosities, presents everyday library life and takes a close look at the upheavals in library history from the second half of the 20th century.

The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue edited by Dr Kathrin Paasch entitled "Bücher bewegen. 375 Jahre Forschungsbibliothek Gotha" is published as part of the series "Publications of the Gotha Research Library". It includes nine articles on individual aspects of the history of the library and its collections, a detailed catalogue section and an appendix. Further information on the acquisition will follow shortly before the exhibition opening.

event flyer (in German only)

Saturday, 30 April and 21 May 2022, 3.30 p.m.
Reading event of the Friends of Friedenstein Castle for children
The Sandman has been delighting children for more than 60 years with its cheerful stories, which are shown daily on rbb, MDR and KI.KA. It will be a guest in Gotha during the exhibition "Bücher bewegen". The Friends of Friedenstein Castle have joined forces for a read-aloud event to congratulate the library on its birthday. On two afternoons, members of the Friends will read aloud from their own favourite children's books.

Wednesday, 18 May and 14 September 2022, 5 p.m.
The Library in the East Tower of Friedenstein Palace. Tour of the Building and Library History
Meeting point: Entrance to the Gotha Research Library, first floor of the ducal staircase
Guided tours by Udo Hopf (architectual historian) and Dr. Kathrin Paasch

The two guides have explored the eventful building history of the East Tower and invite you to a tour of three of the four floors of the tower.


Tuesday, 14 June 2022, 7 p.m.
New Book Depository for the Gotha Research Library.
More than Functional Fulfilment. An Architectural Search.

Presentation and discussion
Herzog-Ernst-Cabinet, Friedenstein Castle
Concept and direction: Prof. Jörg Springer, Sebastian Schröter, Martin Pasztori, Dr. Kathrin Paasch

Part of the exhibition "Books Move" is the presentation of works from a student design project at the Bauhaus University Weimar, which took place under the direction of Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Jörg Springer in the winter semester 2021/2022. The project provides remarkable ideas for the moving question of how a supplementary building that is urgently needed for the Gotha Research Library could architecturally enrich the area of Friedenstein Castle and the urban space and make the library more visible and tangible in its special significance. At the event, the students will present their work and engage in discussion with interested parties.


Guided tours through the exhibition

Meeting point: Entrance to the Hall of Mirrors, Friedenstein Palace

Wednesday tours
13 April, 20 April, 27 April, 11 May, 18 May, 25 May 2022 - 1 p.m. each day

Guided tours of the exhibition by the curators
Wednesday, 4 May, 1 June, 8 June 2022 - 5 p.m. each day
Saturday, 7 May, 18 June 2022 - 2 p.m. each day

We kindly ask you to register in writing for the events taking place in attendance at veranstaltungen.fb@uni-erfurt.de or with our registration form. Please note the current instructions and regulations for participation in events during the pandemic: https://www.uni-erfurt.de/forschungsbibliothek-gotha.



Vorschaubild Bücher bewegen Forschungsbibliothek Gotha

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