Saturday, 28 July, 10.00 – 17.15 pm (approx. arrival)
To discover moments of technical history, to experience reasonably reproduced manufacturing techniques and working conditions of the past: this is the Landschaftsverband Westfalen-Lippe’s open air Museum in Hagen. It is Europe’s sole open air museum devoted to the history of handicraft and technique. Located within the scenic valley Mäckingerbachtal, it shows industrial undertakings as they were existent in the area of Westphalia-Lippe from the 18th century to the present. The scope reaches from metal processing to food production, to paper production, to book printing. Blazing forges, banging hammers, squeaking driving belts, bustling activity: The LWL-Freilichtmuseum is a lively place. We are going to have a guided tour on questions about the historical developments of handicraft and technique, and economical, social and regional contexts. Moreover, the tour shows the consequence of technical changes for our society and environment. Afterwards you are free to visit the different workshops on your own and to experience historical working techniques. How to forge nails or scythes, roll cigars, squeeze oil, carve spoons or pound ropes is vividly shown on the site. Hence, unheard of or forgotten techniques and working conditions are more easily to understand.
I think it is a very interesting experience for kids as well to get to know the different workshops and to enjoy the site of the open-air museum.
This tour is limited to 30 persons.