The small village museum in Ladelund – a journey along the border route Germany – Denmark

It is Wednesday, 2 p.m. and we are in Ladelund. More precisely in the Ladelund Village Museum. Not such a large, modern ensemble with elaborate portals and the finest finds. No, in the small Ladelund village museum, in the rooms of an old cartwright and cooperage.

So in the rooms of a workshop, as it used to be in almost every village. Because until around 50 years ago, villages of a certain size were simply self-sufficient. Also here in Ladelund. The masters of wheelwright and cooperage probably never dreamed that their business in Ladelund would one day develop into a village museum because such a workshop would be something special.

That we have a voluntary run in Ladelund today Discovering the village museum, we owe that to the daughters of the last wheelwright. They left their father’s workshop to the community on the condition that they would turn it into the Ladelund Village Museum.

It’s quite tight in the Ladelund Village Museum, but just as familiar. We feel immediately welcome and are suddenly right in the middle of it.

An elderly man has brought along a huge metal splinter from a V2 rocket. He found it in the Westre Staatsforst. He says that after the lost war, all of the V2 rocket ammunition was blown up here so that it would not be left to the enemy. Of course, I have to photograph this splinter and thus have a new story for later. But this splinter will probably be one of the other exhibits in the Ladelund Village Museum, which is slowly bursting apart.

There has long been a lot more to see here in the Ladelund Village Museum than the workshop of the cooper and the wheelwright.

But the old workbenches and tools alone cast a spell on me. Everything is somehow in its place, as if it were going on straight away.

There is also the little cart with the briquettes made from peat, which people in this area liked to use for heating. Because peat was extracted in the whole area. Today the remaining moors are being renatured. At that time they were part of the farms.

The whole self-sufficient life of a village, as it was still common when I was a child, can be discovered here in the Ladelund Village Museum. In addition to the original exhibits, a complete shoemaker’s workshop and a collection of agricultural implements were added over time.

The apartment with the clothes, household appliances or the old briefcase also takes us back to the last 40-100 years Years back. I feel a bit like when I was a child with the shoemaker in our village or visiting my old aunt.

I would love to lock myself up for a whole weekend in the Ladelund village museum, sit in the old armchair and browse through the books and articles of the surrounding villages or look at the black and white photos of the area.

The Ladelund Village Museum is exciting. And it makes you want to see what a village is all about. We would love to come back here. The best confirmation of this are our two small children who don’t even want to go home.

Oh yes – what kind of jobs were they, wheelwright and cooper?

Well, the Ladelund Village Museum was previously the workshop of a wheelwright and a cooper. These professions almost no longer exist in their original form.

In the past, a wheelwright used to build and repair horse-drawn carts, ox-carts, agricultural implements made of wood and wheels for the wagons. In the north of Germany the term wheelwright is widespread, in the south these were referred to as wagons in a wagon. His task was and is to build wooden barrels and containers. The professional name comes from vat. Alternatively, one can also find job titles such as Fassbinder, Binder, Bender, Büttner or Küfer. By the way, all common surnames.

The Ladelund Village Museum does not have its own website. That was different, until a money-hungry lawyer found a reason to warn the volunteer operators for a fee. Out of frustration, they then switched off the website for the Ladelund Village Museum.

We are still looking for younger people who are enthusiastic about historical handicrafts and want to participate on a voluntary basis.

Also a donation, even if it’s just a box of biscuits or a packet of coffee be a great contribution to the appreciation of this work.

The Ladelund Village Museum is located at the western entrance / exit of Ladelund, usually a sign is on the main road when it is open. It is only 50 meters away from the main street of the village.

Opening times:
From May 1st to October 31st: every Wednesday from 2pm to 6pm and by arrangement.
Groups with more than 10 people, please make an appointment.

Dorfmuseum Ladelund
Westerstraße 13a
25926 Ladelund

Frauke Heesch: Tel. 04666- 723
Martina Buldt: Tel. 04666- 989730
Renate and Inginger Christophersen : Tel. 04666- 989116
Johann Nicolaisen: Tel. 04666- 242

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