Making history tangible is the goal of our museum and heritage education. But just touching historical things does not provide deep enough access to history – you better try to live liek in the old times yourself! How did it feel to wear a monk's cowl as a novice? What would you have to do to create a writing instrument made of goose feathers? What were medicinal products made of? How did toys look like? What did it need to be a good ivory sculptor?
One thing is for sure, work and techniques during the Middle Ages took lots of time and skills. Today it is much easier: We reconstruct the work of an ivory sculptor by means of curd soap. The stamps for the elaborate motifs of the clay floor tiles are not carved but made of wood and foam rubber. 'Reality' comes back when we produce ointment and cough medicine by reference to formulas of Lorsch's pharmacopoeia, and when we dip candles made of real beeswax. Where it is possible, we are using authentic materials. Our outdoor education always includes a practical part to try it out.
Our offers are open to all being interested to monasteries and monastic life or daily life at an early medieval manor. Most of the topics are suitable for different age groups and audiences: for youth, during holidays as well as for the whole family and birthdays of small and elder guests celebrating not at home but at the museum. This program is aimed at all classes and school types.