The Historical Centre of the city of Remscheid is also the local house of history. It is organizationally connected to the German Tool Museum. It fulfils the tasks of the former municipal archivs and the former local heritage museum (today: "Haus Cleff").
The oldest part of the Historical Centre is the house of the tools traders Cleff. The interesting external design of the representative building from 1778 connects stylistic features of the bourgeois rococo with forms and colours (black, white and green) of the local style of architecture.
The inside gives a very good idea of the way of life of the Haute-Bourgeoisie. The fully-equipped kitchen from around 1800 and the Tin-Cabinet, still look as though the occupants have just left them.
One further focal point is the exhibition unit with comprehensive information about the life and work of Gerd Arntz (1900-1988), the social critic graphic artist and trend-setting designer of picture-static signs. The exhibition also shows originals of many of his most important works.
A building nearby, in 100-102 Hastener Street, accommodates the archives of the city of Remscheid. Here you can find old photos, maps, newspapers and a library among other things. People interested in the local history are allowed to browse and do research in the archives as much as they please. Above all, the administrative files of the city of Remscheid as well as those of Lennep and Lüttringhausen (today parts of the city of Remscheid but independent towns until 1929) are stored there, too.
Opening hours of the archives:
Tuesday from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.,
Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
and Thursday and Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m..