»...for more Hanse-knowledge in and with the public!«
Hanseatic history is a popular topic: the far-reaching union of cities over the centuries occupies researchers and citizens alike. The study of the original manuscripts, from which we draw our knowledge about this fascinating historical phenomenon, has so far been firmly in the hands of Hanseatic historians. Today, interested citizens can become involved in our research as Citizen Scientists.
3rd Citizen Science Day
On 28th April 2023, our third Citizen Science Day, a cooperation of the Research Centre for the History of the Hanseatic League and the Baltic Sea Region (FGHO) and the Archive of the Hanseatic City of Lübeck, took place. We are delighted about the many newcomers, the positive feedback and thank all participants for the wonderful day!
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Citizen Science - projects
With our project »Read.Hanse.Sources!« we are breaking new ground in cooperation with the Archive of the Hanseatic City of Lübeck (AHL). Since spring 2020, citizens have been invited to participate in the transcription of manuscripts on Hanseatic history that have not yet been published and were previously only accessible in archives. The digitised sources were made available by the archive.
Using the EU-funded software »Transkribus« for working with historical manuscripts, it was possible to involve citizens in the research process for the first time in Hanseatic historiography.
1st Citizen Science-Day
On October 22nd 2021, the first »Read.Hanse.Sources!« Citizen Science-Day took place at the European Hanse Museum. During the all-day event, lectures gave an insight into Hanseatic research, our project work and how we deal with the sources. In workshops, new Citizen Scientists and experienced transcribers were able to deal intensively with the backgrounds of the opened sources and discuss the observations from the reading of the sources with each other. The programme of the Citizen Science-Day can be viewed here.
2nd Citizen Science-Day
April 8th · 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
On April 8th, our second »Hanse.Quellen.Lesen! Citizen Science-Day« took place, a joint event of the Research Centre for the History of the Hanseatic League and the Baltic Sea Region (FGHO) and the Archive of the Hanseatic City of Lübeck (AHL).
We were very pleased about the lively exchange and dialogue between researchers, citizens and sources!
We were able to bring together researchers, citizens and sources, to invite them to look behind the scenes of the academic world and to get involved themselves.
In addition to the opportunity to work with Hanseatic sources and decipher the old manuscripts, we also visited the Archive of Lübeck, which brought our visitors face to face with the valuable original documents.
All information is available here: