Leo Hugot (1925-1982) was an architect, municipal engineer, municipal conservator, responsible master builder of Aachen cathedral, was active as an archaeologist and initiated the recognition of Aachen’s cathedral being the first UNESCO world heritage of Germany. Therefore, the significance of his extensive architectural, conservational and scientific work reaches out far beyond local references. His estate of documents and artefacts remained unexamined and has been merely glanced over despite the fact of a growing scientific interest in the person and the works of Leo Hugot.
It is a collection of the complete, coherent estate, which only has been accessible since a couple of years and before was property of Leo Hugots´ heirs. With the owners´ permission and intensive preliminary work by the RWTH Aachens´Department of Historic Building Conservation and Research the collection was transferred into the newly set up municipal archive. Many of the partly very large-sized drawings were illustrated on transparent paper of the post-war time and therefore, regardless of endangering the originals, are very difficult in handling, which also requires a digitalization of the originals.
Hugot’s Reports and discoveries are an important link in many questions referring to the previous regional history. Indeed, the finds have remained in various proprietorships, making the contemplation of the whole research context almost impossible. It is the occupation of the estate that gradually makes these artefacts accessible and enables their contextualization. Special emphasis is to lay on Hugot’s publications regarding archaeologic and building-research themes.
However, Hugot as archaeological reporter in the service of the Department of archaeological Monument Conservation in the Rhineland and as municipal conservator implemented extensive excavations and emergency-documentations, which is why his estate not only contains two-dimensional but also three-dimensional objects. This forms a major challenge to the entire digitalization of the collection. The concept to be created should therefore be a model example in terms of future projects.
Stadt Aachen (Stadtarchiv, Stadtarchäologie)
LVR Landesmuseum Bonn
Rheinischer Verein für Denkmalpflege und Landschaftsschutz
Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (since 2016)