Stefan Woyda – archaeologist, discoverer and investigator of the Mazovian Centre of Metallurgy.
Founder of the Museum’s and its director of many years’ standing.
In 1964-1974 Stefan Woyda served as the Heritage Conservator for the Warsaw Voivodeship. He was one the nitiator of the AZP (Archaeological Map of Poland) project.
Over the years of his activity Stefan Woyda completed a series of archaeological excavations and surface surveys.
The discovery of the Mazovian Centre of Metallurgy, and the resulting need to organize long-term regular research excavations, study the finds and make them available to the public persuaded him that there was need to create
an institution dedicated to building up the collections and presenting them the general public. In 1991 it became possible to fulfil the vision of a permanent exhibition, housed in the Museum’s own building, and to develop
a new exhibition in an innovative arrangement: Time of Iron. Mazovian Centre of Metallurgy from the Roman Age.
Stefan Woyda envisioned the Museum as more than an institution dedicated only to archaeology: it was to be a space for a broad range of educational and cultural activity – talks, scholarly lectures and concerts and others.
Since 2006 the Stefan Woyda is the patron of the Museum of Ancient Mazovian Metallurgy in Pruszków.