Hannover Archivist: Christian Heppner

Christian’s placement is going well with the Bristol Archives team. He managed to take time out of his busy programme to attend the Lord Mayor’s Medal ceremony and was very interested in the addition to the Mansion House museum which allows visitors to dress up as the Lord Mayor. Christian’s partner Silke is visiting Bristol this week and they were able to meet Will Fawcett, European and International Officer at the City Council, and view the Hannover embroidered Coat of Arms which is on permanent display at the Mansion House.

Christian also gave a fascinating insight into the history of Hannover’s archives to thirty people at City Hall this week. Representatives of both the museums service and the archives team joined members of the public and BHC members to hear how the archives were firstly stored in a castle and then hidden deep in salt mines to avoid allied bombing during the second world war. Salt crystals still drop out of documents to this day at the archive!

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