The Woollen Blanket Factory 1900-1940

The Woollen Blanket Factory 1900-1940

3 November 2002 till 1 January 2020

The exhibition ‘The Woollen Blanket Factory’ recreates the lay-out and atmosphere of a textile factory as it existed in the Netherlands during the period from 1900 till 1940. The machines show how from crude wool a blanket was made. Just like in former days the machines are powered by a steam engine. The machines are demonstrated, the thumping and repetitive sound and the smell of wool and oil pervade the atmosphere.



The many materials, ranging from bales of crude wool to racks full of blankets, show a factory in full production. It looks as if the labourers of those days have only left the factory for a couple of minutes. Historical photographs and film fragments are ‘hidden’ in the exhibition, portraying labourers who worked in the factories.

The presentation was made possible by a grant from the province of Noord Brabant.