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Seven of Hildesheim’s scholarly institutions
preserve, explore and impart cultural heritage


On the occasion of the anniversary of the diocese and city in 2014/2015, seven of Hildesheim’s scholarly institutions joined for the “Hildesheimer KULTUR.SPITZEN”: The common objectives of these institutions are to do research on the cultural objects entrusted to them, to preserve them (e.g. with the conservation specialists at the HAWK University of Applied Sciences and Arts Hildesheim/Holzminden/Göttingen) and to disseminate the results to wider audiences and to experts: Basically this is a group of scholars working on the same materials and topics and using their meetings to foster exchange on their work. The institutions are geographically close to each other and connect the area around the medieval cathedral with the town hall. As they describe a triangle on the map, they got the name KULTUR.SPITZEN (“culture-peaks”). Considering the top-class cultural treasures, reversing the nouns to SPITZEN.KULTUR (top-culture) has been a suitable side effect.

Hildesheimer Kultur.Spitzen

© Dombibliothek © Stadtarchiv


The Bistumsarchiv (diocesan archive) and the Stadtarchiv (municipal archive) keep extensive and important records of the diocesan administration and the municipal authorities, ranging from medieval documents to official church registers/city chronicles, from text and data files to photos, films and sound recordings.

An extensive library with significant old books and the library of the Roemer- and Pelizaeus-Museum are connected to the Stadtarchiv.


© Dombibliothek

© Dommuseum

The Dombibliothek (cathedral library) is the oldest library of North Germany and has an extensive book collection with numerous important medieval manuscripts and incunabula.

The Dommuseum (cathedral museum) houses valuable ecclesiastical works of art from the Middle Ages to Modern times, including the outstanding works of art of the cathedral treasure from the 11th to the 13th centuries.

© Stadtmuseum© Roemer- und Pelizaeus-Museum

The Roemer- und Pelizaeus-Museum allows a journey through the cultures of the world. From the history of early mankind over ancient Peru to Asia. Its Egyptian collection is world-famous.

The Stadtmuseum (city museum)  which is located in the Knochenhaueramtshaus, the most famous half-timbered house in Hildesheim, gives an insight into the development of Hildesheim from the beginnings to present day.

The primary aim of the Hornemann Institute of the HAWK Hochschule Hildesheim/Holzminden/Göttingen is to promote the world wide knowledge transfer in the field of preservation of cultural heritage as well as the training for conservation specialists.

As a first step towards better networking, the KULTUR.SPITZEN published a flyer with their diverse offers for the diocesan and city anniversary in 2015. The flyer with the offering can be found here (pdf, 2,9 MB).

A series of lectures has been organized in 2016, details are published here.

A one day conference in 2017 gave a broader public insights into our daily work with the objects here.

In 2018, with a tour into the countryside we show objects which make the people outside of the city arware of the various cultural interactions between the city and the countryside and connect this with the memories and objekts which are available in the villages to save them for future generations, for further information see here.

Download info flyer (pdf, 3 MB) 


© Stadt Hildesheim

  1. Roemer- und Pelizaeus-Museum
  2. Stadtmuseum im Knochenhauer-Amtshaus
  3. Stadtarchiv
  4. Bistumsarchiv
  5. Dombibliothek
  6. Dommuseum
  7. Hornemann Institut der HAWK (Kolleg)