The Hornemann Institute - Centre of the Preservation of World Cultural Heritage was founded in December 1998 and registered as official project for the German world exhibition EXPO 2000 "World Cultural Heritage - A Global Challenge". Since 2003 the Hornemann Institute is state-funded institute of the University of Applied Sciences und Arts Hildesheim/Holzminden/Göttingen (HAWK). The institute's primary field of activity focuses on worldwide knowledge transfer and further education in the field of conservation and restoration with new media.
The Hornemann Institute promotes further education
• by mediating research results and up-to-date fundamental knowledge in our online courses
• by organising international conferences to encourage direct professional exchange
• by publishing Series of Publications
• by organizing lecture series to enrich our study programme
• compiling and publishing annotated lists of links, e.g. on how to find books and articles, electronic publications or distance learning courses
The Hornemann Institute promotes research
• with its E-publishing of university papers, conference papers, essays, project documentation, videos, and posters
• by carrying out own interdisciplinary and transnational research, e. g. EwaGlos
• by developing online information structures, e. g. specialized Wikis
In addition, the Hornemann Institute supports research on cultural heritage sites in the Hildesheim region which has been presented in its publication series, e.g. on St. Michael's Church, Hildesheim (vol. 2), the Kaiserhaus in Hildesheim (vol. 1) as well as churches (vol. 4) and town halls in Lower Saxony (vol. 6). The Hornemann Institute also developed educational materials and "Heritage Cases" on the Hildesheimer World Heritage Site to increase the awareness of heritage preservation among children.
The Hornemann Institute operates in close cooperation with UNESCO. However, it's activities aren't constrained to the World Heritage List issued by the World Heritage .