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History Feature

The foreground needs a background

Welcome to the Siemens Historical Institute

The only way to master the present and shape the future is to know one’s own past – that’s the understanding behind our work.

As part of a communications team that operates worldwide, we have the task of documenting the diverse history of our technology company, founded in Berlin in 1847, as well as researching that history and making it accessible to a broad audience. The Siemens Historical Institute bridges the gap between Siemens’ history and its present and future. We reveal the continuity in Siemens’ history, and frankly and transparently point out discontinuities and disruptions. In this way, we also help heighten the company’s profile.

Our tasks and our goals

We work with well-known partners from academia and in practical research to present the company’s economic, technical and social development, ­portraying it consistently with the highest scholarly standards. Our work therefore concentrates on three general areas of activity.

Our mission

By constantly reflecting in the present the guidelines, values, principles and core ideas that have provided orientation to our company throughout its history, and by infusing them with life, we make an important contribution toward the company’s identity – both for Siemens employees and for the societies in which we operate as a business.

As part of a communications team that operates worldwide, we have the task of documenting the diverse history of our company as well as researching it and making it accessible to a broad target audience.
Siemens Historical Institute – committed to history

As part of a communications team that operates worldwide, we have the task of documenting the diverse history of our company as well as researching it and making it accessible to a broad target audience.

Our task – bridging the gap between the past, the present and the future

We work with well-known partners from academia and practical research to present the company’s economic, technical, and social development, portraying it consistently with the highest scholarly standards.

Our projects – keeping the history of Siemens alive and vivid

For the company’s 170th birthday, we took our Siemens History website online with new content, a new design, and new insights into various aspects of the Siemens story.

Our digitalization projects – securing history for eternity

By constantly digitalizing important documents, we are contributing to preserving the company’s valuable history for posterity.

Our picture archive – vivid insights into the past

There are roughly one million historical images in our continuously expanding collections.

Our scientific mission – reviewing history

Our research topics are as diverse as history of Siemens itself. They include biographies, presentations of specific questions of corporate and technological history, general discussions, and complete chronicles of operations in particular countries.

Our documents – important source of our daily work

The Siemens Historical Institute currently holds about 10,000 meters of shelf space filled with written sources – including business correspondence, minutes of meetings, and company reports, price lists, brochures, printed matter, employee and customer magazines, drawings, maps, and much more.

Our library – a rich source of knowledge

Our library offers more than 12,000 volumes, which we are continually expanding with publications about the history of Siemens.

Our archive – foundation and basis of our success

We have the task of documenting and disseminating knowledge about the history and development of this technology company.

Our target groups

Siemens Historical Institute – engaged in an open dialog

In our work, we’re concerned to maintain a dialog with all of our target groups, whether with Siemens employees, our customers and partners, representatives of government, business and society or the general public.

Faces of the Siemens Historical Institute

As experts in technical, business and social-history topics relating to the company, we serve as the internal and external contact people for all questions about the history of Siemens. We support the company’s communications and sales activities and help researchers and journalists in gathering information.

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Dr. Ewald Blocher

Film archive, communications

Ewald Blocher is in charge of the film archive. He makes sure that the archive’s rich holdings of film and video materials are available for research, continuously expanded, and gradually digitalized. In communications, he expertly handles historical print and online projects in collaboration with outside authors.