History

1976

The municipality of Grimbergen purchases two historically valuable buildings, 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: the former stables, coach house and staff building of the Prinsenkasteel (Grimbergen Castle);

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 existing non-profit organisation Heemschut vzw, with Johan David as curator and one specialist member of staff;

The water mills are fitted out as an exhibition space;

As well as being 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;

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;

2008

The Directory of Belgian Trade Catalogues project goes online;

2009

Launch of the Forgemarks in Belgium project;

2009

The MOT’s Wells project goes online;

2013

Retirement of founder and curator Johan David;

2016
Launch of new website