Scientific Heritage Fund

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Famous manuscripts, extraordinary collections, impressive museums and buildings, historical gardens – Heidelberg University holds countless treasures that need to be preserved.

The Scientific Heritage Fund is designed to help preserve the treasures held by Heidelberg University for future generations. Among the required measures are:
  • Restoring the Universities collections and exhibits
  • Refurbishing courtyards, gardens and buildings.
+++ approximately 30 collections and museums +++ 35 buildings ranked as cultural monuments +++ one of Germany’s most important plant archives +++ Codex Manesse – world-famous treasure kept in the University Library +++ scientific achievements of numerous Nobel Prize winners +++


Restoration of the Baroque garden

The former monastery garden of the Heidelberg Jesuit College bordered by the English Studies Department and the Romance Languages Department provides optimal conditions for varied use by students, teaching staff and researchers. Thanks to the restructuring of the Baroque garden, which originated in the 18th century, a communicative space has been created, allowing students to study in a quiet environment in the heart of Heidelberg’s old town.

Measures accomplished:

  • WLAN equipment
  • New seating
  • Lawns remediated | New hedges planted
  • Pathways and bike racks replaced
  • Sandstone wall and fountain restored
  • Steps and stonework repaired
Our special thanks goes to
our Honorary Senator,
Prof. Dr Dietrich Götze,
who helped realize this project.

Renovation project: impressions before, during and after


Restoration of the anatomy collection

The anatomy collection of the Institute for Anatomy and Cell Biology in Neuenheimer Feld offers valuable insights into medical history. The collection, which dates back to the 19th century includes 630 human specimens, 200 historical models and numerous lithographs. These exhibits must be professionally restored, documented and preserved in order to make them available for future generations. Since the treasures are scattered throughout several rooms, it is intended to combine them in one single location.

What has been accomplished so far?

Prof. Dr Joachim Kirsch
"Thanks to a major donation we have already begun with the restoration of the exhibits, acquired display cases, and furnished the exhibition spaces with UV protection. We thus initiated the important process of making the anatomy collection accessible to the public, safeguarding it for future generations, and developing it for research.”

Professor Dr Joachim Kirsch,
Executive Director
Institute for Anatomy and Cell Biology

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