The Conservation Project in Malbork
Information on the project
The project “Conservation and building works in the complex of the Holy Virgin Church in the Castle Museum in Malbork” will be carried out on the basis of funds from the European Economic Area Financial Mechanism for the years 2009-2014 (EEA FM 2009-2014), within the Programme Conservation and revitalisation of cultural heritage.
The project has the following aims:
- reconstruction of the historic architectural space in the shape prior to its destruction;
- making the interior of the church in its original shape accessible to tourists
- creation of new exhibition space
- reconstruction of the interior with a full abundance of architectural details related to this space
The most important tasks faced by the Castle Museum in Malbork within the project are:
- rebuilding of the interior of the castle church, including the restoration of the vault in the shape preceding the war destruction. Original parts will be provided with plastering and painting décor, while reconstructed elements will be raw-brick. The ceramic paved floor will be reconstructed; furthermore, the church will be provided with lightning and heating, low-voltage wiring and new stained glass glazing made of coloured glass. In the eastern end, in the niche of the external facade, the statue of the Madonna with Child will be reconstructed. Conservation research and works will include the portal of the Golden Gate, fragments of the paved floor (surviving in situ) from the period of re-Gothicisation under Steinbrecht, historic plasters, colour coatings and polychromies, as well as surviving door woodwork. The western empora with the ciborium will be reconstructed, with the use of surviving original parts. All elements of architectural detail from the vault will come back to their place. In the surviving part of the church the details will come back to their original positions, while in the part which was reconstructed after the war destruction the details will be exhibited near their original locations.
- Works in St Anne’s Chapel will include the reconstruction of plaster and painting coatings, the conservation of the existing paved floor (with the completion of missing parts) and the reconstruction of the altar stone. After conservation and research works, the funeral crypt will be brought into prominence (by means of providing it with illumination). For communication purposes, it is planned to construct a new steel-and-glass platform. Conservation works on both portals will be preceded by technological examinations of ceramics, artificial stone, plaster coatings and polychromies, as well by architectural research. All the portable furnishings, door woodwork, stained glass and gratings will undergo conservation. A copy of a drawing project of a painting from the period of re-Gothicisation under Steinbrecht will be installed on a rack in the western wall.
- Remedial conservation of the facade of the northern wing will include conservation treatment of bricks, stone details, remains of medieval plaster coatings on the facade, as well as comprehensive repair and conservation works of the facade of the Main Tower. The repair will also encompass external faces of 20th c. walls of the northern wing and the tower. Within this repair, grouting of the walls from the period of post-war reconstruction will be done. Furthermore, wall faces will be provided with protection against weather impact. Within the Tower, repair works will concern the stairs and the exit “kiosk” in the top storey, as well as drainage of the upper terrace. The Tower will also be furnished with new electric, multimedia and security installations.
- All the remaining interiors within the northern wing, from cellars to Storey II, will also undergo conservation and adaptation procedures. Within this task, it is planned to carry out conservation works on brick walls, plasters, polychromies and monochromies, historic paved floors and window and wood furniture. Furthermore, it is intended to carry out archaeological and architectural examinations of cellars under the first dormitory and in the interiors of the bakery complex. The cellars will be provided with ceramic paved floors and new electrical and teletechnical installations. The attic space over the church will be adapted for storerooms.
- The repair and reconstruction of the interiors of the Priest Tower and the Bell-Ringer’s Lounge will chiefly consist in the reconstruction of vaults over Storeys II and IV, repairing of historic paved floors and constructing of new ones, and conservation procedures in medieval cellars. All the interiors will undergo repair works and Storey IV will be provided with new stained glass glazing and thermal glazing. The scope of works also includes conservation of window and door woodwork, construction of sanitary and water supply installation in the Priest Tower as well as new electrical and low-voltage wirings. Comprehensive repair will be carried out in the Bell-Ringer’s Lounge and within the framework of the repair it is, among others, planned to reconstruct the roofing over the entrance.
The entire scope of works will be carried out by Contractors selected under the public procurement procedure, in four tasks:
- Task I – Conservation and building works in the complex of the Holy Virgin Church at the High Castle – Interiors of the northern wing
- Task II – Conservation and building works in the complex of the Holy Virgin Church at the High Castle – Facades of the northern wing including the Main Tower
- Task III – Conservation and building works in the complex of the Holy Virgin Church at the High Castle – The Priest Tower and the Bell-Ringer’s Lodge
- Task IV – Conservation and building works in the complex of the Holy Virgin Church at the High Castle – Conservation of movable furnishings
The project will be accompanied by exhibitions displaying results of these works, as well as by scholarly conferences and publications. The entire task must be completed within a very short time, i.e., from October 2014 to March 2016.
The project Conservation and building works in the complex of the Holy Virgin church in the Castle Museum in Malbork is the greatest challenge in the history of the Museum and the castle. It will restore the proper rank and the past splendour to the Holy Virgin Church.
The project “Conservation and building works in the complex of the Holy Virgin Church in the Castle Museum in Malbork” is supported by: