The Christoph Merian Foundation (CMS)
Christoph Merian (1800-1858) was a successful Basel
entrepreneur with a strong interest in social progress. He
and his wife Margaretha (1806-1886) remained childless. Their
entire fortune was willed to a foundation - the Christoph
Merian Stiftung (CMS) - which has a charter to carry out and
support pioneering projects in Basel in the fields of social
affairs, ecology, city development and culture.
Christoph and Margaretha Merian and the Basel Mission
During their lives Christoph and Margaretha Merian
showed concrete interest in the activities of the Basel Mission.
They contributed the funds needed by the organisation to purchase
a site and build the mission house dedicated in 1860, which
is still in use today.
The CMS and the picture archive of the Basel Mission
Because of its interest in promoting pioneer work
the CMS provided an initial and substantial grant in 1989
to support the inventorisation of this collection and the
execution of technical procedures to enhance conservation
and access. In order to make the results generally available
- and to give these fantastic photographs a world-wide audience
- CMS again contributed a substantial grant in 2001 to the
creation of this website. CMS hopes in this way to inspire
a new dialogue concerning colonialism, mission and the relations
between different cultures and religions.
A handsome publication from the Christoph Merian Publishers
The CMS own publishing house is producing a book about
the history of the Basel Mission in Ghana: Peter A. Schweizer,
"Überleben an der Goldküste - Die Basler Missionare im kolonialen
Ghana", Basel 2002. The author has been Swiss Ambassador in
Accra for a number of years. The book is also available in
English: "Survivors on the Gold Coast".
Christoph Merian Stiftung
St. Alban-Vorstadt 5
Tel. +41 (0)61 226 33 33
Fax +41 (0)61 226 33 44