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Join us on an exciting journey through our company’s history. Experience what has made Siemens the world-class company it is today.
Siemens at 170 Years – a narrative
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.
What we offer
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.
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.
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.
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.
By constantly digitalizing important documents, we are contributing to preserving the company’s valuable history for posterity.
There are roughly one million historical images in our continuously expanding collections.
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.
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 offers more than 12,000 volumes, which we are continually expanding with publications about the history of Siemens.
We have the task of documenting and disseminating knowledge about the history and development of this technology company.
Our target groups
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.
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.
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.