The ZMA's mission entails "researching", "exhibiting" and "transmitting" the rich medieval history of Saxony-Anhalt and, additionally, of Central Germany, a heartland of German history where key events and developments with significance for Europe took place.
One outcome of the Saxon Wars (772-804) was the incorporation of the Central German region in the Kingdom of the Franks under Charlemagne. Just 100 years later, in the Ottonian era (919-1024), this region became the center of the nascent empire. The religious and episcopal landscape that arose at that time have shaped the appearance and the cultural landscape of large parts of Saxony-Anhalt to this day and, thus, given the region its very special attractiveness. The innovative Magdeburg Law and the Sachsenspiegel, developments that occurred here, influenced European legal history lastingly. The prominent noble families of the Ascanians, the Wettins and the so-called Harz counts were cornerstones of European history for long periods. Cities, above all ini northern Saxony-Anhalt, played a part in the Hanseatic League.
The superlative artistic and architectural heritage that has survived in Quedlinburg, in splendid cathedral treasuries such as the one in Halberstadt and in magnificent buildings such as Magdeburg Cathedral and nearly 100 sites along the Romanesque Road, proclaim the relevance of the Middle Ages to the modern age.
The mission of the ZMA is to establish a network of academic and musem institutions involved with the Middle Ages through collecting, researching and exhibiting. The ZMA acts as a liaison office for this network. Its basic liaising works includes:
- Supporting academic and museum institutions in Saxony-Anhalt in their work on and transmission of mediaeval topics,
- Developing medieval exhibitions with an international impact in collaboration with the Kulturhistorisches Museum Magdeburg,
- Developing new concepts for the identification of museum topics incorporating cultural tourism in oder to facilitate combining the archeaology, history and art in the state of Saxony-Anhalt with exhibition concepts.
- Additionally creating a database of medieval collections in the State of Saxony-Anhalt.