King in Check – The amber board game cassette

“Playful Alliances” is the title of an interdisciplinary conference taking place from 29 February to 1 March 2024 in the Deutsches Historisches Museum. It focuses on an amber board game cassette or box made in Königsberg in 1607 which the DHM acquired in 2021. As a preview to the diverse programme of lectures, the two concept developers and organisers of the event, Dr Wolfgang Cortjaens, head of the Applied Art and Graphics Collection, and Dr Thomas Weißbrich, head of the Militaria Collection, provide insight into the topic in this blog post and build a bridge between the two different collection sections that at first glance seem to have little to do with one another.