Aerial view of the Hohensyburg (c) B. Song, Ruhr-University Bochum

Born in 1962 in Schwerte, grew up in the Ruhr valley in Westhofen, below the Hohensyburg. Study of History, Prehistory and Classical Archaeology in Cologne, Münster and Bochum. Additional studies in applied and theoretical museology and curatorial studies by Prof. Dr. Friedrich Waidacher in Graz.

Master of Arts at the Historical Institute of the Ruhr-University Bochum with a biographical study of Albert Hoffmann, Political Leader in the Nazi Party Chancellery (Parteikanzlei, until 1941 Staff of the Deputy Führer), since 1943 Gauleiter and Defense Commissioner in South-Westphalia. Dr. phil. at the Faculty of History at the Ruhr-University Bochum with a study of bombing, arnament industry and wartime life in Hagen, 1939-1945.

Longer studies and research visits in the National Archives and the Imperial War Museum in London and the National Archives in Washington DC and College Park, Maryland. Since 2001 lecturer at the History Institute of the Ruhr-University Bochum. Archaeological excavation internships, field work and surveys in the lignite mining area in the Rhineland and in Westphalia. Excursions to caves in the river valleys of the Dordogne, Vezere and Lot in southwest France.

According to various tasks and activities in the archive and museum services currently Head of the Department of History and Archaeology at the Historisches Centrum Hagen.


International Council of Museums, Deutscher Museumsbund, Verband der Historikerinnen und Historiker Deutschlands, Gesellschaft für Ur- und Frühgeschichte, Pro Stadtgeschichte, Historisches Netzwerk Fachinformatik 

Private interests

Collecting and reading historical literature, science, current political and social discourse, religions and religious criticism, watching spiders, dragonflies, amphibians and birds in their natural environments, active amateur astronomer.The interest in history, archeology and other disciplines has been awakened in childhood by my grandfather.