History

1976

The municipality of Grimbergen purchases the Liermolen mill and Tommenmolen mill – two water mills on the Maalbeek;

1978

Restoration of the water mills;

Purchase by the municipality of Grimbergen of the Guldendal;

1980

The municipal authorities ask Johan David to establish a new museum and form a collection for it;

1982

The MOT is established, run by the non-profit organisation Heemschut vzw, with Johan David as curator and only one member of staff;

The water mills are fitted out as an exhibition space;

The Guldendal becomes the MOT’s administrative headquarters;

1983

The MOT is granted a Special Mention at the EMYA European Museum of the Year Award;

1988
Opening of the Woodworking exhibition;
1990

Director Johan David receives the V.I.A.T. Award;

1996

The MOT goes online! Launch of the website www.mot.be;

1999

The MOT is accredited and listed at regional level by the Flemisch Government;

2000

Launch of tools database ID-DOC on our website;

2003

The Save the bread ovens! project goes online;

2005
First multi-day internship Build your own bread oven;
2006
Opening of the exhibition Strong women, clean clothes;
2008
First summer programme Zomeren in het MOT;

The Directory of Belgian Trade Catalogues project goes online;

2009

Launch of the Forgemarks in Belgium project;

First workshops for adults;

Opening of the exhibition The blacksmith, master of iron and fire;

2010
Launch of the What about the water well? project;
2013

Retirement of founder and curator Johan David, followed by Steven De Waele;

Opening of the Carts and Wagons open depot;

Move of the museum collection to a new depot;

2016
Launch of the renewed website;
Restoration of the bakeoven at the Tommenmolen;
Restoration of the water wheel and milling parts at the Liermolen;
2017
Built of the timber-framed shelter for bees at the Liermolen;
Extension of the museum library;
2018
Book presentation Bouwen om te bakken, together with the province of Flemish Brabant;
Filming of the documentary How to build a bread oven?;
2019
Opening of the exhibition MOT & GO. The DIT store for motors and power transmission;
Restoration of the bakeoven at the Liermolen;
First internship of Timber framing and wattle and daub;
Construction of the "Wan-kot", a timber-framed building for winnowing grain at the Liermolen;
Experimental drilling of a wooden pump, while filming;
Webpage about the wooden pump goes online;
2020
The MOT celebrates its 40th birthday