Siemens Historical Institute

Managing the present, shaping the future – with our own history as a foundation
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New volume of LIFELINES series published: Sir William Siemens

The 170th anniversary of the first Siemens & Halske office in London has given rise to the publication of a biography about William Siemens, who was largely responsible for Siemens’ success in England. He also worked as an independent engineer and entrepreneur. His work embraced fields as diverse as the global telegraph system and innvations in metallurgy.


Welcome to the Siemens Historical Institute

The only way to master the present and shape the future is to know one’s own past – that’s the understanding behind our work.

As part of a communications team that operates worldwide, we have the task of documenting the diverse history of our technology company, founded in Berlin in 1847, as well as researching that history and making it accessible to a broad audience. The Siemens Historical Institute bridges the gap between Siemens’ history and its present and future. We reveal the continuity in Siemens’ history, and frankly and transparently point out discontinuities and disruptions. In this way, we also help heighten the company’s profile.

What we offer

Our tasks and our goals

We work with well-known partners from academia and in practical research to present the company’s economic, technical and social development, ­portraying it consistently with the highest scholarly standards. Our work therefore concentrates on three general areas of activity.
Our institute

Our mission

By constantly reflecting in the present the guidelines, values, principles and core ideas that have provided orientation to our company throughout its history, and by infusing them with life, we make an important contribution toward the company’s identity – both for Siemens employees and for the societies in which we operate as a business.
Our target groups

Siemens Historical Institute – engaged in an open dialog

In our work, we’re concerned to maintain a dialog with all of our target groups, whether with Siemens employees, our customers and partners, representatives of government, business and society or the general public.
Our team

Faces of the Siemens Historical Institute

As experts in technical, business and social-history topics relating to the company, we serve as the internal and external contact people for all questions about the history of Siemens. We support the company’s communications and sales activities and help researchers and journalists in gathering information.

Who to contact

Questions or comments? Please contact us, or use the links and downloads for further information.