Project Old Fritz

Who is this Fritz again?

The Finowmaßkahn originally "Vineta", today "Alter Fritz" is an iron barge and was built in 1911 in Rogätz on the Elbe by the shipyard of Gustav Sonntag. In 2001, the Mildenberg Brickworks Park acquired the barge. It was given the name "Alter Fritz" by its previous owner Fritz Paul Hermann Derkow from Finowfurt. He last had it renovated in 1999.

What shall we do with Fritz?

Maintenance is urgently needed so that the Finowmaß barge "Alter Fritz" can continue to be admired in the museum harbor of the brickworks park. For this purpose, on Wednesday, May 10, 2023, it was transferred to the Malz shipyard, where the hull will be restored and initial measures will be carried out so that it is ready for the installation of a multimedia and interactive exhibition. The concepts for this are already being planned.

For this purpose, the ship is taken ashore, the bottom of the ship, the outer and inner skin are washed at high pressure. The current corrugated iron cover of the cargo hold will be replaced by a weatherproof, walkable, new deck area so that future visitors can experience the staging inside. In addition, the necessary infrastructure is constructed, such as entrances, floors and stairs.

The work should be completed by autumn and the "Alte Fritz" should be brought back to its home port in Mildenberg.


Project Berlin's most important building material - an interactive journey through time

Back to the past

Together with the "Friedrich Hoffmann" association, which was founded in 1996, Ziegeleipark Mildenberg e. V., it is our goal to create another attractive offer for our guests with the help of digital media and at the same time to learn something about industrial history. We would also like to reach those who have not previously been interested in museums. This is where the brickworks park can "score": cultural history is packed into experiences and hands-on activities.


The planned project can be implemented within the framework of the "Digital Change" funding area from the Brandenburg Ministry of Science, Research and Culture.

On June 24, 2023, the new, inclusive water playground will be opened, which will enable age-independent play and didactic mediation of museum-specific content at the same time. This should be enriched with digital content. The digital is not an end in itself, but complements the sensual experience and enriches it with information on the historical context.


With the combination of a play landscape and a digital information format, the brickworks park aims, among other things, to provide a low-threshold offer to people who would otherwise not get involved in cultural-historical content.

Digital journey via APP

The app guides visitors to the individual stations of the play landscape and serves to convey the historical context before, during and after the game action. The gaming experience is designed as a journey through time. It begins by walking through the "time tunnel" - a natural passage of about 10 meters made of willow trees, which symbolically takes visitors to the year 1889, where it all began.

Arrived at the other end, it goes straight to the first station: a huge "tonhalde" where you can shovel "clay" into a lorry with an excavator. The lorries are pushed on rails to the "hand stroke table". Here, now with sand, bricks can be hand-laid into a wooden mold as was done in the mid-1950s.

Let's move on to the "paw puzzle". The brick fire is the subject here, and a guessing game offers a short break. The next station is the "Hedwig" play ship, modeled on the historic coffee barges that used to transport the bricks down the Havel. The last station is the watercourse, where the players can pump water and fill a gully. The water flows towards the city of Berlin - the bricks have now reached their destination.

Other play equipment accompanies the visitors, for example the "Fontanes Ringofen-Torte" - a large seating area, the design of which is based on a story by Theodor Fontane, in which he describes the appearance of a Hoffmann ring oven as similar to a cake. Sitting on the cake, after the tour through the play landscape, visitors have the opportunity to digitally review what they have experienced.

Project Digital Visibility Archive Ziegeleipark Mildenberg

Become visible as a museum!

Together with the "Friedrich Hoffmann" association, which was founded in 1996, Ziegeleipark Mildenberg e. V. we would like to make the holdings and collections of the Mildenberg Brickworks Park digitally visible and digitally accessible.

The historical tradition of files, photos and plans in the archive of the brickworks park mainly comes from the time when the brickworks was a state-owned enterprise (VEB). It documents the development stages from the expropriation to the end of 1991 and is of national importance.

The planned project can be implemented within the framework of the "Digitalization of Cultural Heritage" funding area by the Brandenburg Ministry of Science, Research and Culture.

Together we can do it!

We were able to win the Berlin-Brandenburg Economic Archive (BBWA) as a project partner. As a regional economic archive, it documents the economic history of the country. It advises companies, clubs and associations on archiving their records, and is a "rescue center" for economic and historical documents threatened with loss. They offer events on the topics of economic history and industrial culture.

What we want to create!

The aim of the project is to put the archive of the brickworks park online and to secure parts of it digitally. Specifically, we want to make the museum more digitally visible and enable interested parties to conduct archival research. A well-developed and easily accessible archive also offers us enormous relief for the museum's educational work.

Outstanding artefacts and archival material can then be integrated into the existing 360° tour on the Ziegeleipark website and form the basis for other digital applications that have already been planned, such as apps or augmented reality.

The collections, ie photos and pictorial representations, are to be placed on Museum Digital Brandenburg and the German Digital Library. The document tradition is prepared according to archival standards for scientific research for and Archivportal-D.

The project enables both those who are technically interested and laypersons to take part in an outstanding chapter in Brandenburg's industrial, economic and technological history.

For eternity!

The presentation on the Internet is not yet an archiving. In order to ensure long-term digital data storage and archiving of the archive, the purchase of a separate server is planned. There is also a second filing of the archive in the Berlin-Brandenburg Economic Archive. A backup of the digital data by the state of Brandenburg should be sought.

Project development of the archive of the Mildenberg Brickyard Park

They came, saw and documented!

The archive of the Mildenberg Brickyard Park depicts the machinery, the production processes and the social aspects of brick production in the area of ​​today's brickyard park. From the beginnings at the end of the 19th century to the closure of what later became the GDR brick combine in 1990. This is unique for this branch of industry in Germany.

The inventory includes over 6.000 historical plans and maps, for example architectural plans and technical drawings. 42 linear meters of shelving are archive materials such as technical descriptions, wage documents and personal documents.

The archive was published in 2021 by Berlin-Brandenburg Economic Archive e. V (BBWA) sighted, evaluated and restructured. A tectonics, a finding aid and a keywording were developed. The BBWA classified this archive as historically very valuable. The holdings can currently be researched within a PDF using a full-text search. For a detailed, linked search, interested users must go to the BBWA, as the stock is located there on the server.