RESPECT FOR BREAD - THE BREAD MUSEUM IN RADZIONKOW (Z szacunku dla chleba - Muzeum Chleba w Radzionkowie)
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The Bread Museum was established in 2000 by the author out of respect for history. The exposition possesses cognitive merits and fulfils an important educational role. The presentation encompasses all sorts of souvenirs, documents, books and old equipment connected with bread baking and confectionery; at the same time it teaches the public and especially children and young people, to respect the proverbial piece of bread by showing them the centuries-old tradition of those two splendid professions. The visitors learn about the history of bread, its production, and the hard work performed by the baker. Touring the Bread Museum begins with a projection of the film Bread about traditions and customs associated with the titular theme. Next, all those present wash their hands and start making their own baked goods. Once their rolls are placed in the oven, the visitors go on a guided tour of the museum. The moment they enter the last showroom - a timber 'highlander's cottage' - they are presented the warm, freshly made rolls they had baked themselves. The museum does not have traditional showcases, and all the exhibits may be touched and tested; one may also try out one's own baking skills. An additional attraction for the children is a lesson held in a showroom arranged to resemble an old school room. Pitting in wooden desks, the young visitors learn about the history of the school and are shown how to write with slate pencils on wooden boards - just as in days bygone...
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