Living industrial heritage
Although our eight historical industrial sites might differ radically from one another, they have one thing in common: our exhibitions, guided tours and programmes are all committed to communicating industrial history in a lively manner. Our visitors are able to “grasp” industrial heritage literally by weaving textiles and shaping bricks with their own hands, trying to lift a heavy mechanical pick and blowing glass through a glassmaker’s blowpipe, not to speak of closely examining the plant and animal world which now flourishes on the old industrial sites.
Our museum is intended for people of all ages. For this reason we offer models and texts which have been specially developed for children, alongside fascinating programmes for older people.
There is something else very special about the LWL industrial museums. Our eight sites not only present a huge number of different special exhibitions, but also hundreds of attractive events. We are not “just” a museum, but also a forum for the many different cultures in the region: art, theatre, music etc. A rabbit show has an equal status alongside a piano recital; and a car boot sale alongside an art exhibition. We present “boules” tournaments, and play host to annual miners’ gatherings, choral concerts, markets, trade fairs and business events. In short, we are a living museum.