The Association for the preservation of historic buildings of Wrisbergholzen   

A non-profit association based in the only preserved factory building for the production of tin-glazed pottery (faiences) in Germany, located in Westfeld-Wrisbergholzen, (between Hildesheim and Alfeld in Lower Saxony).

Donation account


A brief introduction

The chief activity of the association since its founding in 1984 has been the preservation of the buildings of the Wrisberg tin-glazed pottery factory (in German: Fayence-Manufaktur) which was at risk of falling into disrepair.

Other than the immediate repairs of the building, the cellar area serving for the storage of clay were cleared, the combustion chamber in the ground floor was re-created to its original size, and the foundations of the kiln were excavated. The co-operation of other cultural societies was called upon, e.g. the Kestner museum in Hanover. For a special exhibition of the museum, covering the manufacture of tin-glazed pottery in Lower Saxony, the association was able to make fragments available which had been found from the original production site of tin-glazed pottery.

The successes already resulting from a considerable commitment of between 15 & 20 active members, carried out in their free time, are able to be seen repeatedly. In the old factory one can see the exposed foundation walls of the kiln, as well as some pieces of finds from the open excavations. Viewings are possible on several Sundays in summer, and annually on 2nd Sunday in September when the organized "day of the open monument" event is organised for the viewing of the famous emblem tile room in the count's castle of Wrisbergholzen.

The emblem tiles originate, as you might expect, from the count's former factory as do some artistic tin-glazed pottery, which can be seen today in various museums, e.g. the Kestner museum in Hanover, the local history museum of Alfeld, Braunschweig federal state museum, the federal state museum for art and cultural history - the Focke museum in Bremen, the museum of art and cultural history in Dortmund, the Hetjens museum in Düsseldorf, the Museum for art and trade in Hamburg, the Roman Paelizaeus museum Hildesheim, the museums of the Bavarian castles, gardens and lakes in Munich, the diocesan museum in Munster, the German national museum in Nuremberg, as well as other North-German museums in Schaumburg-Lippe, Celle, Flensburg, Gottingen, Goslar, Holzminden, Husum, & Oldenburg.

In former years the association has also been host to, and initiator of, the carrying out of studies, excursions, and in particular several successful international youth workcamps of the IJGD (International Youth Community Service in Bonn), with young people from Germany, Italy and Poland.

A request for donations

We have done lots of work during the past 28 years that our association has been in existence. One of the most important projects was the new roof of the factory building completed in 1999. At present the biggest concern of the non-profit association is the financing of the urgently required repairs to the wooden foundations of the factory building. The association’s own vigour can provide only a small part of the necessary means required for this work and therefore has to rely on donations from other lovers of ancient monuments.

Donations for our association are tax deductible (in Germany).

Contacts and further information:

Volker Gehring
(1st chairperson)

Karsten Meyer
(2nd chairperson)

Joerg Dietze

Phone: +49

Phone: +49 5121/2065920

Phone: +49