The Conseil Départemental du Bas-Rhin became the owner of the
château du Haut-Koenigsbourg in January 2007 as part of a general
move to decentralize the ownership of state-owned heritage sites.
The Conseil wanted the château to have its own working group made
up of the best experts in their respective fields gathered together
into the 'Haut-Koenigsbourg Scientific Committee'. The committee's
aims are to:
- improve our knowledge and understanding of the château,
filling in the 'gaps' that still exist in certain areas,
- suggest topics for research relating to the château and its
surrounding environment and offer support for this research
- transmit this knowledge and understanding to a wide range of
audiences which will include experts but above all young people,
families and those with a general interest in history.
One short-term objective is to produce a series of publications
on specific themes connected with the château. These will deal with
subjects on which little has been written and published up to now,
as well as taking a new look at better-known topics.
It is also the job of the Haut-Koenigsbourg Scientific Committee
to offer advice and guidance relating to building work, restoration
work and any other projects that relate to the château and the task
of promoting a wider knowledge of the château, if so requested by
the château du Haut-Koenigsbourg and the Conseil Départemental.