Heike Hawicks, Ingo Runde (eds)
Die Alte Aula der Universität Heidelberg
The Great Hall of the Old University building is the ceremonial hall and heart of Heidelberg University. With the aid of allegories and metaphors, it illustrates the history and self-image of the oldest university in modern-day Germany. Originally built in the baroque style, it was remodelled completely on the occasion of the University’s 500th anniversary. The magnificent room donated by the Grand Duke of Baden is one of the few ensembles of the Karlsruhe School of Woodcutting that remains intact; it is used primarily for academic events such as inaugural lectures of newly appointed professors or graduation ceremonies. But the Great Hall is also a place for public concerts and presentations to which the venerable surroundings lend a particular splendour.
Dr Heike Hawicks M.A. teaches medieval history and historical methodology at Heidelberg University. In 2015 she became First Chair of the ‘Friends of Heidelberg University Archive and Museum’ association.
Dr Ingo Runde has headed the Heidelberg University Archive since 2010. In 2011 he accepted a position as lecturer in historical methodology at Heidelberg University and joined the board of the ‘Friends of Heidelberg University Archive and Museum’ association.