Dr. Petra Winter is the new head of the Staatliche Museen’s Zentralarchiv (Central Archives), as of April 2015. Petra Winter studied history, Polish studies, and archival science and graduated in 2008 in contemporary history with a thesis on the post-war history of Berlin’s 'twin museums’ in the period 1945 to 1958.
From 2000 to 2008 she worked as archivist at the Zentralarchiv, from 2008 as assistant director and research associate for provenance research at the Staatliche Museen. Petra Winter succeeds Jörn Grabowski, who went into retirement in September 2014 after 41 years of service at the Berlin museums.
The Staatliche Museen zu Berlin’s Zentralarchiv is located in the Archäologisches Zentrum in the immediate vicinity of the Museumsinsel Berlin. As a research institution it is closely bound, in both mandate and structure, to the many collections of art, archaeology, and ethnology at the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, as well as to its various administrative bodies. The Zentralarchiv holds historical records, archival collections, and bequests of documentary legacies relating to the history of the organization known today as the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, known formerly as the Royal Museums in Berlin. It sees itself as a place of learning and at the same time as the 'historical memory’ of the museums. The archive also oversees and coordinates all provenance research into the SMB’s collections.