Exhibition 'Fire places'

Europes biggest collection of historic fire places is situated within the factory's workshops. Bernd Müller, a retired chimney-sweeper from Berlin has been collecting them since 1988. More than 3.000 exhibits from ten different countries reflect aspects of social history as well: you will find gorgeous art nouveau furnaces, which were decoration and status symbol at the same time in a bourgeois household, or the coal-fired hot-water heaters and kitchen stoves from working class homes.

[Photographer: Peter Radke]

Rather inconspicuous, but interesting non the less are those fireplaces, which prove that necessity is the mother of invention: the economy cooker working with two half coals only, the battle-tried little oven for the trenches at war times or the simple hand-warmer used by market-women.