STUDY TOUR: HERZOG AUGUST BIBLIOTHEK & VOLKSWAGEN AUTOSTADTParticipants in the study tour first had a guided tour of the Herzog August Bibliothek in Wolfenbüttel, and a visit to the Volkswagen Autostadt in Wolfsburg. Transport was by bus.
The Herzog August Bibliothek, is a very impressive imposing building in the centre of the town, which along with 13 other buildings comprise the library and archival storage for the German national output of the 17th century. Illuminated manuscripts, rare versions of the bible, early maps and globes all form part of a unique collection. The display and preservation methods in use were of particular interest. It was good to hear that there are funding opportunities for research to visit, but recommended that their Latin language skills are strong if planning to do so.
The visit to the Autostadt was interesting as it exposed participants to elements of automotive history, in addition to a fantastical selection of modern display equipment and techniques for a diverse range of materials. The Autostadt itself is a 'town', where each individual building is dedicated to the display of a particular marque from within the Volkswagen family of cars, with it's own Ritz hotel etc. One building is dedicated to historic cars of note, and an interpretive building includes activities for children and modern information displays. From Bugatti motor cars, to interactive touch screen displays, the range of artefacts on display and the methods used to do so were simply staggering. It was an inspirational visit.