With almost three months delay, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, it will be finally welcoming its first visitors on 11 July: the 4th Saxon State Exhibition "Boom. 500 years of industrial heritage in Saxony", celebrating Southwest Saxony, Germany, as a major centre of European industrialisation. Four ERIH sites are involved in this highlight event of the region's Year of Industrial Heritage, including the two Anchor Points "Saxon Industrial Museum Chemnitz" and the "August Horch Museum" in Zwickau.
Southwest Saxony was one of the first and most significant industrial hubs in Europe. However, its development was far from being a seamless process – boom phases kept alternating with times of crisis. This varied and exciting history is presented by the State Exhibition at seven different museum locations corresponding to the ERIH regional route "Saxony".
The central exhibition held at the Audi Building in Zwickau provides a broad historical panorama of Saxony's industrial evolution. In addition, six other exhibitions address industrial sectors that were particularly influential in the region: "AutoBoom" and "MaschinenBoom" at ERIH Anchor Points August Horch Museum Zwickau and Saxon Museum of Industry Chemnitz, "KohleBoom" and "TextilBoom" at the ERIH locations Mining Museum Oelsnitz/Erzgebirge and Saxony Industrial Museum | Pfau Brothers Textile Factory at Crimmitschau as well as "EisenbahnBoom" at Railway Arena Chemnitz-Hilbersdorf and "SilberBoom" at the Research & Training Mine | Silver Mine Freiberg.
That the exhibition can be launched before the Saxon summer holidays, notwithstanding the harsh conditions caused by the Corona pandemic, is owed to the many employees, sponsors and partners who have been working hard and enthusiastically towards this goal. The sites involved are currently taking extensive precautions to ensure a safe visit even under Covid-19 conditions. The exhibition will close on 31 December 2020.