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OH-H04 ALEMANIA Region: Saxony ENVI/CONS 31/07/2021 14/08/2021

Heritage Volunteers Projects
Schlettau
Technical - Industrial Heritage & museums

CONS 31.07. - 14.08.2021 OH-H04
Conservation works at a visitor mine
And Extension of the exhibition
ACCOMMODATION:
shared bed-rooms in a Guesthouse,
all facilities available
LOCATION: Next towns: Chemnitz (48 km),
Region: Saxony
TERMINAL:
Next railway station: Annaberg-Buchholz (7km)
Next airports: Halle/Leipzig (LEJ, 151 km)
Dresden (DRS, 124 km)
AGE: at least 18
FEE: 90 €
Motivation letter related to the project
and CV + photo required
The setting for the project will be the outstanding mining cultural landscape of Annaberg-Frohnau,
which is a district contained within a wider cultural area known today as the Erzgebirge/Krušnohoří
(Ore Mountains), spanning an extensive region in south-eastern Germany and north-western Czech
Republic which held a wealth of several metals exploited through mining from the Middle Ages onwards.
The region developed as a powerhouse for industrial mining advancement, becoming the epicentre of
technological developments which had a transcendental impact in mining throughout the world. For this
reason, the Erzgebirge/Krušnohoří Mining Region has been recognised by UNESCO as a World Heritage
site in 2019.
The Frohnau silver mining area, immediately associated with the town, has been shaped by a large
number of historic mines from the late 15th to the 20th centuries. The landscape is an extensive mining
area characterised by a large number of historic open cast and underground mining sites. Mining ceased
at the end of the 19th century, but resumed in 1946 in connection with uranium ore mining in the Markus
Röhling mining concession. These efforts, however, did not result in the extraction of any significant
amounts of uranium ore.
The Markus Röhling mine with its adit and underground galleries from the 18th / 19th century (silver
and cobalt mining) and the wheel chambers from the 18th century as well as the galleries of the 20th
century (uranium mining), became the most important mine in the Annaberg-Frohnau Mining Landscape

particularly due to the opening up of high-grade ore zones. The historical mining site Markus-Röhling-
Stolln is nowadays open for the public as visitors’ mine.

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Heritage Volunteers Projects
Schlettau
Technical - Industrial Heritage & museums
The project consists of two parts – a practical working
part which will last six hours per day and a study part,
which takes place in the evenings and during weekends

The project will include various works at the Markus-
Röhling-Stolln visitors’ mine aiming to the improvement

of its presentation to the public – a reproduction of a
historic element outside the mine and the extension of
the visitors’ area underground.

The main task will involve the recreation of a historical Kaue structure for the exhibition on the mine. A
Kaue is a protective wooden hut which was built over a vertical mine shaft in pre-industrial mining to
guard it against the elements.
The participants will work under the guidance of a master carpenter specialised in mining-related
carpentry techniques. Together they will build a reproduction of a historical Kaue. There are currently
no original Kaue conserved in the Ore Mountains, since these were meant to be temporary structures
which would often decay due to the wet air from the shafts and the expositions to the elements above,
and would therefore have to be periodically replaced. For this reason, the reproduction will be based on
the best-known historical evidence to how the structure would have looked like in the region.
Additionally, the participants will assist the association which is managing the visitors’ mine in
expanding the current underground visitors’ tour sections. In order to enable in the future a circular tour
underground the association currently re-opens historical tunnels which had not been accessible since
18th century and prepares them to receive visitors. For this reason, they will need the help of the
participants to remove debris from these areas and to transport them manually or with wheelbarrows
from the narrow parts of the tunnels to the underground railway which will transport it outside the mine.
The educational programme of the project will be complemented by guided visits to historical landmarks
of mining heritage of the region, which will allow to contextualise the work for the participants and
provide them with an overview of the cultural interactions between the mining history and the local
traditions of the communities living in the Ore Mountains. Additionally, there will be a lecture on the
values of the site as a UNESCO World Heritage site and the procedure involved in the recognition of the
region as a place of significance under the UNESCO World Heritage Convention, imparted by a heritage
professional involved in the process.