School projects

The Gotha Research Library is a place of learning for schools and facilitates school projects. The historical rooms of the library, in particular the Duke Ernst Chamber and the Hall of Mirrors, are available for this purpose with the appropriate technical equipment. For the courses, the historical library objects can be used in the original or in the form of copies and digital copies. If desired, the library will work out the events together with the teachers.

In order to be able to organise events in the best possible way according to your wishes and requirements, please provide us with the necessary information.

School Project "Behind the Book Cover and Between the Lines"

Through the project "Behind the Book Cover and Between the Lines: The Book through the Centuries" pupils gain an insight into the library's important historical book collection while focusing on book and type design. They learn how type is used to express a message and as an aesthetic design element. In addition, they explore the geometric rules behind the design. This knowledge is then applied in working groups by constructing letters, designing type areas and trying out letterpress techniques with the help of a simple printing workshop. The event will be conducted by an educator from the Mobile Museum Education.

Class level: 6 and 8

Project duration: at least 3 hours

Subjects: Art, History, German and Mathematics

The service was developed with the generous support of the Friends of Gotha Research Library and the Mobile Museum Education.

School Project "The Latest from the Day Before Yesterday"

Through the project "The Latest from the Day Before Yesterday: Spectacular News in Historical Newspaper Archives", pupils gain an insight into the library's important historical book collection while focusing on its newspaper archive. In one course, working groups will work a single historical journal. Newspaper elements such as news, advertisements and letters to the editor open up a true-to-life view of a distant era. Aided by supplementary literature and visual material, the group has the task of exploring the selected publication in its historical context. Finally, each group presents the respective "spirit of the times" in the form of small-staged activities (news report, comic/image story or something similar). The event will be conducted by an educator from the Mobile Museum Education.

Class level: 8 to 10

Project duration: at least 3 hours

Subjects: Art, History, German and Mathematics

The service was developed with the generous support of the Friends of Gotha Research Library and the Mobile Museum Education.

Guided tours for school classes

In the guided tours, trained staff present the impressive historical rooms of the library as well as selected books, manuscripts and library objects in the original while walking through the library and engaging in conversation with the pupils.

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