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;

2015

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 

First internship of Timber framing and wattle and daub;

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 DIY store for motors and power transmission; 

Restoration of the bakeoven at the Liermolen; 

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