The MOT (Museum voor de Oudere Technieken) is an interactive museum that is interested in everything that is powered by water, wind and manpower. Here you will discover a unique collection of hand tools, machines, two watermills, and even a horse mill. There are exhibitions about the sometimes unexpected technical side to the everyday, such as doing the laundry, or how wood is used.
The MOT is fond of baking ovens! Back in 2003 the museum founded the ‘Save the baking ovens!’ project to ensure knowledge about them, as well as the customs surrounding them, weren’t lost for ever more. At www.mot.be you can discover the history of baking ovens, and read tips on how to use, restore or build them, etc. Every two years a Build Your Own Oven course is organised. During this three-day course the participants get to work under the supervision of an experienced oven-builder. During the Bak-Doe – a workshop that is open to all – the participants become acquainted with the know-how behind bread baking in a wood-fired oven. The MOT has also got a special Bread Workshop for schools on offer.
The ETWIE non-profit association is acknowledged by the Flemish government as a technical, scientific and industrial heritage expertise centre. To start with, ETWIE focuses on the moveable en immaterial aspects of this heritage: for example, tools, instruments, equipment and machines, but also customs, knowledge and techniques. In Flanders and Brussels thousands of people are involved with this heritage on a volunteer basis, in the museum, and at the university …ETWIE wishes to bring all these people together, to stimulate and support them. This is done by expanding upon the existing network, and by sharing the knowledge and expertise that is key to the project.
Veurne Bakery museum
The Bakery museum is the most important museum and knowledge centre for our baking heritage. To realise this commitment the museum collates, stores, researches and exhibits a collection that provides a clear picture of Belgian artisanal bread and pastry bakers in the 20th century. The museum primarily shares its passion for this baking heritage with children who visit either with their families or their class. In doing so the museum accepts the challenge of seeking new interaction with its audience, in which experience and engagement are pivotal.