Deutsches Bergbau - Museum Bochum


The Deutsches Bergbau-Museum Bochum – founded in 1930 – is one of eight research museums belonging to the Leibniz Association. It researches, teaches and preserves the history of the mining, processing and use of geo-resources across all of the relevant time periods. Its research areas include: archaeometallurgy, mining history, materials science, and mining archaeology, together with the research laboratory, and the Montanhistorische Dokumentationszentrum.

There are four tours guiding visitors through the building: Hard Coal, Mining, Mineral Resources and Art. The visitor’s mine also provides glimpses into the diverse facets of underground mining activity. Stretching over 1.2 km, the underground network of passageways gives visitors an insight into everyday life underground and about historical technical developments in (coal) mining.

Contact Person

Roman Hillman

Grade: Project coordinator

Institution: Deutsches Bergbau - Museum Bochum

Expertise: Conservation of industrial heritage; history of architecture and building; history of construction and monument conservation

Latest publications:

  • - HILLMAN Roman, « Fostering inter-disciplinary transfer in conservation », TICCIH-Bulletin, Nr. 3,  3rd Quarter 2021.
  • - HILLMAN RomanWüstenrot Stiftung (Ed.) Roman Hillmann (project leader), Moderne Architektur der DDR. Gestaltung. Konstruktion. Denkmalpflege, Leipzig 2020.
  • - HILLMAN Roman, « Detail – Bau – Raum. Fragen zur Erkenntnis moderner Architektur », Thorsten Scheer, Neues Bauen im Westen. 100 Jahre Bauhaus - Beiträge zum Verhältnis zwischen Avantgarde und Bauen in Nordrhein-Westphalen, Köln, 2019, p. 117-155.