VERBUND Innkraftwerke hands over Historical Picture Archive on the Bavarian river Inn to the Munich State Archives


The VERBUND Innkraftwerke GmbH is handing over historically important sources and the extremely valuable picture archive on the Bavarian section of the river Inn as well as on the construction of the power plant to the Munich State Archives and is at the same time presenting a travelling exhibition entitled "Work. Daily life. Adventure. 100 years of hydropower on the Bavarian river Inn". Exciting insights into the working environment surrounding the construction of the power plant at the time are guaranteed.

VERBUND Innkraftwerke GmbH, operator of the power plants on the Bavarian section of the river Inn has been working on its extremely valuable historical archive material on the Bavarian river Inn and on the construction of the power plant. Together with the Bavarian State Archives, selected sections of the picture archives comprising over 11,000 photo formats and a multitude of written documentation were meticulously analysed and inventoried. The documents were symbolically handed over at a ceremony. An extract with over 60 special historical exhibits taken from the Innkraftwerke's collection will be presented to the public.

New Discoveries Made Public for the First Time

"The inventory work carried out by the state archives revealed 11,285 historical photo formats altogether, the large majority of them were photo glass prints. In the process we came across loads of exciting historical themes. For the first time, we are able to present to the public a selection of the documents here at the state archives", said a pleased Michael Amerer, Managing Director of VERBUND Innkraftwerke GmbH.

The travelling exhibition already began in 2012 at the headquarters in Töging am Inn and was most recently being displayed at the Rosenheim Inn museum. The exhibition was organized by VERBUND Innkraftwerke GmbH itself. A selection of the displayed exhibits will also be presented in an impressive exhibition catalogue. VERBUND Innkraftwerke GmbH now want to make their story accessible to as wide an audience as possible. The current exhibition in the state archives can still be seen until 22 November 2013. From 24 November the exhibition will be relocated to the Inn-municipality of Neuötting.

Tested and Successful: Hydropower is Part of a long Tradition

For a long time electricity from hydropower has been among the most sustainable and above all CO2-free energy forms. Hydropower is the clean home-grown, constantly available form of energy, which has a big future given today's challenging climate goals and the desire for energy self-sufficiency. Bavaria can look back on a long tradition of hydropower. The exhibition "Work. Daily life. Adventure. 100 Years of Hydropower on the Bavarian river Inn" is consecrated to the forgotten working environment and daily habits surrounding the construction of the power plant at the time. The development of hydropower on the Bavarian river Inn took place between 1924 and 1992 between Kufstein and Passau. The first plans date back as far as 1910.

Silent Film provides Insight into the History of Construction and Industry in Bavaria

Along with the historical exhibits from the archive material, the projection of a 16mm film from 1920 to 1924 will constitute another highlight of the exhibition. The 15 minute long film provides a very realistic insight into the history of construction and industry in Bavaria and particularly into the construction of hydroelectric power plants during the interwar period.

VERBUND Innkraftwerke GmbH hands over valuable Material to the State Archive of Munich

Based on the Bavarian archive laws, last year a handover agreement was concluded between VERBUND Innkraftwerke GmbH and the Munich State Archives. The historically most valuable parts of the picture archive and numerous written documents were scientifically assessed and inventoried. Furthermore, a representational selection of the historical photo glass prints from the VERBUND Innkraftwerke GmbH will be digitalised and kept in a photo database.

The Munich State Archive is providing long-term and professional storage and protection of the historical photo formats. The selected old photographs will be kept at the State Archives under the best possible storage conditions and in this way made accessible to science and research. The condition of the picture material and the visual documentation of the different project phases of the power plant construction sites have been almost uninterruptedly documented.

The unique photo documentation, however, also opens up expressive and revealing insights behind the curtains of power plant construction. The picture material, which is in excellent quality throughout, documents a long forgotten working environment and daily habits, which often appear rather adventurous from a present-day perspective.

Views of Hydropower are highly-valuable additions to the Munich State Archive

"The historical views of hydropower add to our archive material in a perfect way. The type of old formats ranges from glass prints to photo negatives. The historical material has been scientifically documented with the utmost precision for the archives and collected in a type of catalogue. Scientists, historians and whoever may be interested, can now view the material just by searching for keywords", says a pleased Dr. Christoph Bachmann, Director of the Munich State Archives, about the increase in the archive from Töging. The extensive new acquisitions also document the changes of the river Inn since the early 20th century in an extremely authentic way.

The Munich State Archives are the competent authorities in charge of answering all questions related to the archives in the administrative district of Upper Austria. The State Archive material comprises around 14 million archived units to an extent of 40,000 running metres, among which there are 7,900 documents, 8.7 million notary certificates, over 4.5 million administrative records and files as well as 85,000 maps and charts. The collected material will be continuously added to through hand-overs from authorities, courts of law, notaries and other public bodies of the Free State of Bavaria.

To write your editorial reports, you will find picture documents from the opening of the exhibition free of charge under the following link:

in the group photo: Michael Amerer (CEO at VERBUND Innkraftwerke GmbH), Margit Ksoll-Marcon (General Director of the Bavarian State Archives), Christoph Bachmann (Director of the Munich State Archive)


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