To experience the everyday life of the past today…

Between ribbons, weavers and machines
Between ribbons, weavers and machines

The Museum for Early Industrialization

In his paper „The Condition of the Working Class in England“ Friedrich Engels gave a description of the industrial revolution in England: Therefor he had a sophisticated eye, because the Bergisches Land, his homeland, was in an early industrial development stage, too. Here already from the 16th century on developed the small size iron industry (weapons, knives, tools) and especially the textile industry. These kept on relying on technically modern spinning machines and mechanical looms, which also more and more frequently were driven by steam engines.

The industrial development left its mark on the people and geography of the whole region. The Museum for Early Industrialization is reflecting this period of the industrial, technical and social history of the Bergisches Land between 1750 and 1850. A lot of operable, originally preserved machines are shown here. The visitors learn with audio-visual presentations and didactic workstations vividly the living and working conditions of those times.

Two industrial buildings at the transition from the 19th to the 20th century accommodate the Museum for Early Industrialization. They give a high degree of authenticity to the museum ambience.