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Zeitensprünge '06 - Die Geschichte der Gelsdorfhütte

Unser Zeitenspringer-Projekt über die Geschichte der Gelsdorfhütte in Weißwasser fand von März bis November 2006 statt. Diese Seite präsentiert die Ergebnisse.

Diesem ersten Projekt sind mittlerweile Weitere gefolgt:


Infotext (Deutsch)

Das Projekt „Zeitensprünge“ wird in vielen Städten Sachsens gleichzeitig durchgeführt. In Weißwasser beschäftigt sich eine Gruppe Jugendlicher mit der Geschichte der Gelsdorfhütte, der ältesten Glashütte in Weißwasser. In der Gelsdorfhütte wurde früher aus Pottasche, Soda und Quarzsand Glas mundgeblasen. Unser Projekt war gezielt interdisziplinär angelegt: Das Weißwasseraner Zeitenspringer-Team recherchierte in alten Archiven die Geschichte dieser traditionsreichen Glashütte, baute ein Modell und stellte Nachforschungen über den jetzigen Zustand an. Darüber hinaus wurde die Technologie der Glasherstellung erforscht, Zeitzeugen befragt und Exkursionen in noch laufende Glaswerke unternommen. Gefordert und gefördert wurden Kompetenzen im Bereich Modellbau, Recherche, Kommunikation, Umgang mit Medien, Videotechnik und Webdesign. Auf dieser Seite soll ein kleiner Einblick in die Arbeitsergebnisse der Projektgruppe gegeben werden.

Das Projekt wurde im Juli 2008 auf der Expo-Sciences Européen (offizielle Website: in Budapest vorgestellt und ist auf Grund dessen auch in englischer Sprache verfügbar.

Infotext (English)

Project description (PDF)

From March to october 2006, some young people dealt with the project 'The history of the Gelsdorf glassworks'. The idea to do the project was invented at the building of a model of the oldest glassworks in Weißwasser. The young people were moved by the question, how the work in the glassworks run in ancient times.

The research project was realized in the Station Junger Naturforscher und Techniker as a part project of the 'Zeitensprünge' ('time jumps') action of the Stiftung Demokratische Jugend. The Kinder- und Jugendfreizeit-Verein therefore has cooperated with the Glass museum of Weißwasser and could win Günter Segger, the chairman of the monument commision, as the project's godfather. The young people have researched, scanned old photographs and documents and made interviews with contemporary witnesses. They took photos and recorded videos and collected a huge amount of information. Many Saturdays, they worked on the internet presentation in the Station.

Further more, we organised excursions to Stölzle glassworks and to Döbern, so that the young people could experience live the production of glass. Highlights for the participants were the Second Youth history day in Dresden and the Saxonian Youth forum, where the project got the Third price. The results of the project are shown by a CD-ROM, on which one can get a closer look on the project and of course on its documentation. Additionally, we created some showboards to inform with photographs and texts. The boards are shown in the old Gelsdorf villa together with the glassworks model.

Result: All participants agree: Investigating home history and saving memories is an interesting thing! It is able to strengthen the solidarity of young people with their home region. Thanks to all participants and contemporary witnesses who supported this project.

Project description

The idea for this project emerged when the workgroup 'modelling' built a model of the Gelsdorf glassworks. Our team then dealt with the history project from march to november 2006.

We researched in old documents, looked in the museum of the town Weißwasser, talked with contemporary witnesses and recorded countless photographs and video clips. We made a „TimeJumpers diary“ which includes the most important dates of the project. What should we do now with that big amount of material? We decided to present the whole size of the project with the help of tables, photos, texts and an interactive CD. The CD informs about the participants and the project theme. A large number of young people took part in the project and each one has made his individual contribution to the project.

To support not only technical, but also social competences, it was important that the participants made the work together. This gave us the possibility of interaction between each other, to support and to critisize. We wish we could have had more time, because new ideas often emerge from discussing together.

The girls wrote most of the texts and chose photographs. The members of the HTML workgroup wrote the website for the project. The main part of that was made by Max and Konrad. They were supported by Randolf Rotta (studies computer science), Monika Walkowiak (workgroup 'video technique') and by the designer Sabine Gutjahr for layout questions. Important for us was a varied and solid layout, so we used many graphics and reduced the texts to a minimum. The site structure gave us the possibility to write the site part for part and to actualize the site with the research status. This was an imporant basic for the CD, which includes also video clips and a small on-screen presentation. The participants could say their opinion about layout, navigation and cover. The result is worth seeing.

The project 'time jumpers' got the 3rd price at the youth history day in Dresden 2007.