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The ribbon of ship models runs as a red thread through the exhibition of the German Maritime Museum. It tells the story of the individual models, the ships depicted and their historical context. In this way it visually links all the exhibition units with each other.
The ribbon of ship models is a multi-part, decentralised exhibition unit, which is characterised by the uniform design of the showcases. It consists of several segments, which are distributed throughout the entire DSM. There are three to four ship models per segment. The aim of this exhibition unit is to provide chronological orientation like a red thread in an otherwise thematically structured exhibition. In doing so, it does not compete with the leading objects and themes. Rather, the ship models complement them like a commentary.
The volume of the ship models offers three levels of information: information on material, production, etc. related to the individual model. The models often have their own exciting stories to tell, come from famous workshops or show special processing. The second level is about the actual ship, which is represented by the model. Here it is about the voyages of the ship, the crew, everyday life on board or extraordinary discoveries. Here, the volume of ship models aims to cover all aspects of maritime history and draw parallels with the rest of the exhibition at the DSM. Thirdly, each ship model opens up the historical and spatial perspective of the narrative content by building a bridge to events and regions of the world that occur at the same time as the ship represented. In this way, the band of ship models innovatively combines maritime history with non-maritime topics. The ribbon of ship models is our opportunity to link the DSM with global historical approaches.
The most beautiful ship models of the large collection are permanently exhibited.
The volume of ship models is aimed at both "ship lovers" and people interested in ships as testimonies of cultural, political and social developments. With its attention to detail, it also appeals to children and their enjoyment of changing perspectives and space-related narration.
For the models used in the volume of ship models, we have used the most beautiful specimens from our collection. They are often high-quality, finely crafted models and models with their own story.
Although a semi-permanent exhibition is planned in the redesign of the DSM, the volume of ship models is to be excluded from this. This is rather planned as a constant and connecting unit and should not be subject to constant changes. Thus, the models used in the Ship Model Volume are excluded from the loan traffic.
Ship models in the digital age
As a museum, material culture is the focus of our attention. Nevertheless, we do not want to miss the opportunities that modern methods of digitalisation offer. The project to digitize ship models is being intensively pursued at the DSM and discussed with numerous local, national and international cooperation partners. On the one hand, the models installed in the volume of ship models are to be made accessible in the form of an additional virtual exhibition. On the other hand, virtual 3D models from the extensive collection of the house make it possible to supplement the analogous models in the volume in a meaningful way. Here we can show you comparisons, illustrate proportions and differences in construction, take you on virtual journeys and draw your attention to further collections in other museums. In addition, research-led special tours of the volume of ship models will be offered flexibly on mobile devices. Here, augmented reality possibilities are used in order to be able to use individual elements of the models for mediation.
We explore the importance of ships for data collection and knowledge generation. Because without ships, there is much we would not know about our Earth.