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Supporters and Friends

The Förder-und Freundeskreis tim e.V.

The wheel was set in motion just in time in 1996 by the members of the society then called the Verein zur Förderung eines Industriemuseums in Augsburg e.V. (Society for the Support of an Industry Museum in Augsburg). It was the period of the wave of closures in the large textile factories, in which just years earlier thousands of workers had earned their living. Their intention was to preserve the heritage of the textile industry, which had once been such an important branch of industry for Augsburg, for generations to come.

They began to collect textile machines from the bankruptcy assets of the large factories, thus securing the “initial capital” for the State Textile and Industry Museum Augsburg (tim), the establishment of which they were able to achieve on the political level. The textile machines were transferred to the collection of the tim and were restored through years of work by members of the society.

Thanks to the know-how of the former textile workers, the machines are once again running in the vibrant permanent exhibition of the tim. They not only document the technological history of their branch, but also provide visitors with insight into the daily professional lives of the textile workers. One component of the “initial capital” for the tim is the creative treasury of the former Neue Augsburger Kattunfabrik (NAK – New Augsburg Calico Factory), which was originally intended to be shipped out to the far east.

The treasury consists of more than 550 pattern sample books of the NAK, in which around 1.3 million material patterns of the NAK and its competitors dating from the 1780s to the 1990s were collected. Thanks to the society and the financial support of the the Free State of Bavaria, the City of Augsburg and the Stadtsparkasse Augsburg, the pattern book archive was able to be preserved in its entirety and secured for Augsburg, and is now considered national cultural heritage. But the tim has the members of the society to thank for more than just the preservation of an outstanding collection item: in late 2001, a small museum team began the work which was to lead to the tim. In the years that followed, the challenge was not only to develop a vibrant museum concept, but also to carry out the preliminary political work required. Numerous events in the lead-up to the opening of the museum would have been inconceivable without the members of the society.

With the completion of the development phase and the opening of the State Textile and Industry Museum Augsburg (tim) in 2010, the work of the society took a new direction, hence a new name: the Förderverein became the Förder- und Freundeskreis tim e.V. (Supporters and Friends of the tim). The members now help in the museum shop, for example, or as tour guides for the exhibition, hemming towels and helping wherever they are needed. A great and shining example of volunteer work! The tim says THANK YOU!

Contact Person

Werner Heidler | 1. Vorsitzender des Fördervereins
Habsburgerstr. 5 | D-86836 Untermeitingen
Telefon +49 (8232) 75933