Eeny, meeny, miny, moe – Who’ll Take Care of the Cow?

Children’s Everyday Lives between Work and Play

17.05.-31.10.2020


Opening: postponed!

The exhibition is postponed to a later date because of Covid-19.

Abbout the exhibition

The theme focuses on the everyday lives of children in former times.

Farmers relied on an ample number of children as there had to be assurance that farm work could constantly be carried out. Children’s lives in the country were shaped by the rhythm of the farm and a structured daily and yearly routine. They were employed to help out with numerous tasks, depending on their gender, meaning any leisure time was scarce. Relations between parents and children was determined less by love and affection, more by authority.

Children often combined work and play, telling themselves stories while tending the cattle, singing whilst fetching the water, or playing with objects offered to them by nature as they went to school. Their playmates were their siblings as well as other children living on the farm or in the vicinity. The parents barely had time to occupy themselves with the children. So they played in the garden, in the barn or up in the hayloft, in the woods and on the fields and meadows.

The thematic scope ranges from the jobs imposed on the children to the games they played. Visitors discover the everyday life of country children of generations past with the aid of diverse interactive and play-based stations.

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