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Special exhibition

Modern Times: September 8, 2023 to August 18, 2024

Starting in September 2023 we are presenting the special exhibition "Modern Times - Archaeological finds of the modern age and their stories" and are dedicating ourselves to this youngest field of archeology. Sensational finds from LWL archeology in Westphalia from the 19th and 20th centuries will be shown for the first time and compared to objects from Finland, France and the USA. The special exhibition also provides an overview of the methods and challenges that modern archeology poses to planning and excavations, to the evaluation of findings and their archiving.

The time frame of the special exhibition ranges from the beginning of industrialization to the turn of the millennium. Everyday life in Westphalia at the time of the two world wars will play a part, as will mining and steel production and life at festivals such as Woodstock.

The focus of the exhibition is the relationship between humans and their objects, i.e. those things that man has produced himself. About 100 stories are told, for each of which an object is used as an example, which is characterized by its unique relationship to people. In addition, individual thematic complexes are presented in more detail using a number of exhibits.

Funded by the Zero program - climate-neutral art and culture projects of the Federal Cultural Foundation and the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and Media as well as the LWL Cultural Foundation.

Graphik of a ladybug purse for the upcoming exhibition "Modern times"  (Bild: LWL)