One hundred and fifty years of clothes-washing: a survey
The development of clothes-washing has been marked by great technical ingenuity since the mid-19th century. The mechanisation of manual labour, the historical importance of muscle power and the gradual improvement of the tools employed are all highlighted in this exhibition.
Through the history of laundry, visitors discover the links between different developments in society: changes in the nature of housework, the emergence of domestic utilities, women’s emancipation, and so on.
Special attention has been paid in the design of this exhibition to interactivity, in the form of several hands-on activities. All visitors – big and small – are encouraged to roll up their sleeves and get stuck in.Kids can go on a treasure hunt with Molly the moth.
© Walter De Mulder, 1962