Provenance Lab

The Provenance Lab at Leuphana University Lüneburg, Germany, is an interdisciplinary research hub for experimental knowledge production in the field of provenance studies. The Lab, which is part of the Institute of Philosophy and Art History, is founded and headed by Prof. Dr. Lynn Rother, who brings over a decade of experience in provenance research and museum practice to the project. 

Here at the lab, we consider provenance information beyond individual object biographies and read them more broadly as empirical evidence of cultural and social phenomena across time and space. The Lab operates at the intersection of provenance research and data science, and works to explore new methodologies, refine existing data models, and develop key standards for the analysis of digital provenance information on a large scale. These undertakings are crucial steps towards realizing the still untapped scientific potential of provenance research, which is being undertaken daily by researchers around the globe. 

The Provenance Lab is funded by the Volkswagen Foundation (VolkswagenStiftung) and Leuphana University.

To find out more about the Lab, the people involved, and current projects, please visit our Hypotheses blog.



  • Prof. Dr. Lynn Rother

Research Associates

  • Dr. Max Koss
  • Fabio Mariani

Research Assistants

  • M.A. Svenja Weikinnis

Former Research Assistants

Liza Weber, PhD

Student Assistants

Juliane Hensel

Niklas Leroux


Provenance Lab
Universitätsallee 1, C5.411
21335 Lüneburg, Germany
Fon +49.4131.677-1921