Mechthild Wiswe

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Mechthild Wiswe (born June 1, 1938 in Wolfenbüttel ; † November 23, 2017 in Hanover ) was a German historian , folklorist and author .


Mechthild Wiswe was the daughter of the secondary school teacher Hans Wiswe and grew up in Fümmelse (now part of Wolfenbüttel). Shaped by the historical work of her father, she joined the Braunschweigischer Geschichtsverein at the age of 16 , to which she belonged for over 60 years until her death, in recent years on the board and as a member of its honorary advisory board. After graduating from the Wolfenbütteler Gymnasium im Schloss , she studied pedagogy, folklore, German, history and geography at the universities of Braunschweig and Göttingen . After completing her doctorate on the subject of the field names of the Salzgitter area with Heinrich Wesche , the holder of the new chair for Low German Philology created in 1954 , she initially worked at the Hanover Historical Museum from 1968 to 1973 . From 1973 to 1997 she worked at the Braunschweigisches Landesmuseum , most recently as senior curator and head of the Folklore Department. In this role she published a large number of studies on the folk life of the city ​​of Braunschweig , the Braunschweiger Land and the folklore of Eastern Lower Saxony .

Works (selection)

as an author:

  • The field names of the Salzgitter area. Dissertation at the University of Göttingen, 1970.
  • The Bortfeld Farmhouse Museum. Braunschweig 1976.
  • Cathedral and Burgplatz in Braunschweig in the picture of the past. Braunschweig 1979.
  • Folk ceramics from Sommersdorf and Sommerschenburg, two villages in the Magdeburg woodland. In: Braunschweigische Heimat, magazine for nature and homeland care, regional and folklore of Eastern Falcons. Braunschweig 1980.
  • Birth and baptism in the popular life of the past. In: Braunschweigische Heimat, magazine for nature and homeland care, regional and folklore of Eastern Falcons. Braunschweig 1980.
  • Painted folk furniture from southeastern Lower Saxony. Chests - cupboards - beds - cradles. The holdings of the Braunschweigisches Landesmuseum, supplemented by some examples in private ownership. Braunschweig 1983.
  • Rural life in Braunschweig. Braunschweig 1984.
  • Chip boxes: history, manufacture, painting. Munich 1986.
  • Customs and traditions in the Gifhorn-Wolfsburg area. Series of publications on local history by the Sparkasse Gifhorn-Wolfsburg, Volume 6, Gifhorn 1990.
  • Museums and local parlors in the Braunschweig region. Braunschweig 1993.
  • Freemasons in their time , publication accompanying the exhibition of the Braunschweigisches Landesmuseum on the 250th anniversary of the Braunschweig Masonic lodges, Braunschweig 1994, ISBN 3-927939-23-4 .
  • Children's and young people's books in the Braunschweigisches Landesmuseum. Braunschweig 1997.

as editor:

  • The Braunschweig Christmas Book. An anthology. Braunschweiger Zeitungsverlag, Braunschweig 1991.

in collaboration with other authors:

  • with Werner Flechsig : 400 years of musical life in the Braunschweig region. Special exhibition on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the Braunschweigische Musikgesellschaft. Braunschweig 1974.
  • with Rudolf Prescher : Fire protection through the ages: 100 years of the Braunschweig professional fire service. Brunswick 1975.
  • Folk jewelry from Braunschweig. Braunschweig 1977.
  • Bridal clothing in transition. 220 years of regional identity and international fashion. Braunschweig 1991.
  • Brunswick and East Westphalian. Commemorative letter for Werner Flechsig. Braunschweig 1992.
  • Einbecker tin foundry and their works. Oldenburg 2013.

Individual evidence

  1. a b Manfred RW Garzmann : Obituary for Mechthild Wiswe. In: Braunschweigisches Jahrbuch für Landesgeschichte . Volume 99, self-published by the Braunschweigischer Geschichtsverein, Braunschweig 2018, ISSN  1437-2959 , p. 239.
  2. Honorary Advisory Board of the Braunschweigisches Geschichtsverein