Citizen Historians

In neighborhoods, districts, towns and cities, “regular” people make it their business to become experts on their own history. Read More

This one’s not really a problem, it’s a wonderful phenomenon.


Just trying to make these fabulous folks even more effective by recognizing their work and connecting them with each other for more impact.

How You Can Help

Look for your local citizen historians. Attend their events – they’re fun. Give them a round of applause. (And: sign their petitions, support their causes).

Are You a Citizen Historian?

Are you a hobby historian, a tour guide with a passion for monuments and ancient folk tales, a historian with a weekend job, a citizen with a
fascination for your town’s cultural heritage?

Email us to receive ARCH’s brief citizen historian questionnaire. Answer the questions that speak to you, attach some photographs, and we will create
a profile of you. We will send it to you first and if you like it we will feature you right here on our website. After some time, together, we will build
a global network of citizen historians.

Citizen Historian Werner Müller

Defending Cologne’s Heritage, with a special interest in the city’s aviation history

History is exciting and entertaining!

Werner Müller was born in the old German city of Cologne. After four years in the German Air Force, he worked for German television in technical network marketing and as a production manager and line producer. Because of his interest in aviation, he began to explore the rich aviation history of his hometown Cologne. What started as a hobby gradually became an obsession! Werner frequently gives lectures, writes articles and organizes tours and exhibitions on the subject. He also runs a large archive and the website

As a proud citizen of Cologne, he is actively engaged in trying to preserve and restore the historic airport building and the Prussian fortress, and to build out a stronger lobby for cultural heritage integration in modern city planning. A developer once told him, “we have the cathedral and that’s enough” – Werner definitely does not agree.

The issue is in his DNA – Werner’s great-grandfather Wilhem Rieck was a member of the German expedition dispatched to build the Darulaman Palace in Kabul, Afghanistan in the 1920s. Photos and diary exhibits from that adventure are posted on