Exhibition "Modernity in the Province" in the University Library of the TU Ilmenau

The exhibition "Modernity in the Province" opens in the University Library of the TU Ilmenau on January 12. On display are rollups tracing the early years of the Thuringian Technical College since 1894 - from the founding of the engineering school to student life in the Weimar Republic. The exhibition, hosted by Weimarer Republik e. V. and Sparkassen-Kulturstiftung Hessen-Thüringen, is open to the public Monday through Saturday during library hours until February 25, 2022. Representatives of the media are invited to theopening on Wednesday, 12 January 2022, at 1 p.m. at Langewiesener Str. 37, Ilmenau.

Zeichnung des Thüringischen Technikum im Jahr 1894Stadtarchiv Ilmenau
The Thuringian Technical College in 1894, at that time the glass school was housed here

At the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries, modernity also took hold in Ilmenau. The Thuringian Technical School, which was founded in 1894 in the up-and-coming porcelain and glass industry town, stood out. Initially, seven students from the Ilmenau Glass School were educated here, but the Technikum subsequently advanced to become an innovative educational institution for engineers, from which today's Ilmenau Technical University developed over the decades.

The roll-up exhibition of the Weimarer Republik e. V. and the Sparkassen-Kulturstiftung Hessen-Thüringen is dedicated to the founding and early years of the Thuringian Technikum - from the hopeful beginning to challenging crises, but also successes during the time of the Weimar Republic, to student life at the time. The exhibition aims to underline the long tradition of Ilmenau as a centre of education and at the same time to show how, a good century and a quarter ago, modernity made its way here in the provinces.



Christine Fahr

Ilmenau University Library
3677 69-4523