As the historical inheritor of the Danish Halle Tranquebar Mission, the TELC is the owner of the Ziegenbalg-Campus and the whole project was initiated by the TELC Ambassador for Overseas Affairs, who once was living in the historical building.
Rooted in this 300 year long history, the TELC became one of the first independent churches in India, in 1919.
In this joint project, the TELC understands a chance to mediate Christianity as rooted in Indian history and consequently to improve an interreligious dialogue in a religiously diverse country. Last but not least, it sharpens their profile among the Lutheran churches around the world.
As a public foundation, they are a renowned cultural institution in East Germany funded by the German Government, with high international reputation. It is their stated mission and statute to maintain and mediate their cultural heritage, implementing the history of the Danish-Halle Tranquebar Mission.
The Francke Foundations are provided with mutual knowledge on the establishment of institutional structures, on the administration and public communication of historical source-material and museum objects as well as on the restoration of historical buildings. They are thus an experienced project partner with regard to the preservation and historical reconstruction of cultural heritage.
The Evangelic-Lutheran Mission Society in Lower Saxony based in Hermannsburg (ELM) and the Leipzig Mission (LMW) share an enduring developmental, political and religious experience with the Christian partner-churches in India.
With the museum-project they aim at creating a conscious approach towards history from their partner-churches‘ perspectives. Their support is a key to the intercultural communication. The cooperation between ELM and the Francke Foundations already resulted in the job description of the project manager.
Their archives store material that now finds public attention from Indian and internaitional audiences.
Printing Asssociations of India
Among the many printing associations all over India, the Salem District Offset Printers' Association is the most prominent partner of this project. Their former head, Mr. A. Karmegam, has contributed to the exhibition of the Ziegenbalg House in uncountable ways. The association highlights their interest in a partnership, especially with regard to the impact of the Tranquebar Mission on Indian printing history.
Thus, two historical printing machines and various printing accessories have been donated by printers from all over the country. Other supportive institutions are the Madras Printers’ and Lithographers’ Association and the umbrella organisation, All India Federation of Master Printers, AIFMP.
German Federal Foreign Office and German Consulate General, Chennai
The German Federal Foreign Office and the German General Consulate in Chennai are elementary institutions for the supportive and diplomatic base work of this project.
The construction work of the Ziegenbalg House is mainly funded through the German Culture Preservation Fund of the German Federal Foreign Office. In line with this, the German Consulate General in-charge, in Chennai, remains continuously a competent partner and supporter of the project.
The cooperation with the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH) has resulted in the professional restoration of the Ziegenbalg House from 2016 to 2017. Further planning for a long term maintenance concept is in progress.
The experts in qualified historical preservation of diverse heritage buildings are well known in and around Pondicherry. Also check their Tharangambadi Heritage Map.