New Narratives - New Competencies

We examine human-environment relationships in an interdisciplinary way, using modern methods of education and knowledge transfer. We convey knowledge about the sustainable use of resources and regenerative energy production. We compare the historical values of the centuries-old miners’ culture with those of today’s living environments. We provide inspiration for the development and implementation of participants’ own future projects.

Knowledge, values and actions are aspects of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) that are applied to the development of organizational competencies. These competencies will enable people of any age to take part in shaping a future-viable world.

Responsibility & Future-Viability

We tell stories based on real pictures - authentically, competently and engagingly. We show which findings from the past have regained current meaning in today’s living environments. We explain sustainability in the historical location of the emergence of the principle itself, but also illustrate where and how, from today’s point of view, it was not possible to work sustainably.

The result is new opportunities for extracting and processing the raw materials that we both present at the Samson Mine Museum and Educational Centre and support in word and deed. Even when it comes to regenerative energy production, we will amaze you during our tours in the Samson Mine…

An example of a successful energy transition

In St. Andreasberg, mining ceased in 1910; however, energy continued to be generated in the Samson Mine. The water that had continually flowed from the Oderteich reservoir and the Rehberger Graben ditch for centuries was channelled onto two turbines, 130 m and 190 m deep respectively, housed in the shaft. These turbines still produce electricity today.

Clean energy production with the 300-year-old system of the Upper Harz Water Regale, which now belongs to world cultural heritage. This is how Sankt Andreasberg can be supplied with regenerative energy. Today, it is considered an outstanding example of a successful energy transition.

During the tours through the Samson Mine, we will surprise you even more with other facts…

Collection campaign for disused mobile phones

As a contribution to the development of a centre for raw materials and recycling in the Harz, we collect old mobile phones from our visitors. These phones contain economically strategic, and thus important, raw materials such as rare earths or rare metals. We explain the fascinating background stories in our tours through the Samson Mine.

Please support us in our sustainability project:

•    check whether there are disused mobiles or smartphones in your home.
•    if needed, erase any remaining data and remove any old SIM cards or media cards.
•    bring these old devices along to the tour and leave them in the collection box provided.

The proceeds from the collection campaign will go to a non-profit association and will be used to fund educational programs at the Samson Mine Museum & Educational Centre. We thank you for your assistance and will be happy to provide further information.

Education builds strength

Cultural experiences serve a society’s process of self-conception. According to UNESCO’s Global Action Program (GAP), these experiences contribute to the implementation of Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and thus to people’s cultural development as well.

The subterranean tours at the Samson Mine offer entirely new worlds of experience not only with the huge water wheels, but also with the close experience of the historical working world of children in the Harz mining industry.

In these interactive learning concepts and elements of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) and global learning, it is people and their actions in the past, present and future, as well as at the local, regional and global levels, that take centre stage.

New learning in new learning environments

In our educational events for universities and research institutes, we deal with the topics of regenerative energy production and the sustainable use of resources. In doing so, we extend the concept of the classical production factors of labour, land and capital by adding modern socio-ecological aspects such as energy, resources and knowledge.

With an interdisciplinary integration of various subject areas, we provide a holistic view of the historical state of mines. Together, we will observe the changes to ecological, economic, social and cultural factors from the past into the present.

In doing so, our learning environments will be historical mines and the great outdoors.