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As one of eight research museums of the Leibniz Association, our task is the researching of the history of German seafaring, taking the global context into consideration. Scientists from social and cultural history, economic and corporate history, science and technological history as well as maritime archaeology all work at the German Maritime Museum. The many very different angles help to form a complete picture: Which ecological, economic, technical and social circumstances have influenced the relationship between people and the sea? Our work makes an important contribution in the global network to the understanding of the Anthropocene era.
In Thematic Field 1 (Shipbuilding in the socio-economic context), the long-term social and economic structural changes in shipbuilding are examined.
We study the significance of shipping for the collection of data and the generation of knowledge. After all, without ships, there would be a lot we wouldn't know about the Earth.
There are many reciprocal effects between shipping and the environment: ships not only serve marine exploitation, they have also contributed to global and irrevocable change to the seas.
The research and exhibition project "Seeing the Other?" under the direction of PD Dr. Gisela Parak discusses among other things the medium of photography and photographic "memory images". read more
The economic development of Scottish islands in the early modern era is the subject of a new research project in which the DSM is also involved. read more
The project examines the influence of various interests and considerations on the financing and the conception of German research ships and programmes both in East and West Germany. read more
The library holds a comprehensive collection of titles on German maritime history and marine exploitation. Stock can be read free of charge in the reading room.
Our collection of objects and archives is the basis for our exhibition and research work. You can see various pieces from the collection in the exhibition or online.
Research and exhibition at the German Maritime Museum in Bremerhaven are based on internal and external cooperation. The project-oriented cooperation is based on interdisciplinarity, internationality and networking. It serves quality assurance and the development of innovative methods.
Our museum and our research thrive on the exchange of experience. To this end, we offer several opportunities to get involved and gain experience.
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