Collection area: Production Technology

This area covers the artisanal and industrial production technology used in agriculture and forestry, wood and metal processing, textile manufacture, the production of foodstuffs and luxury foods, glass, ceramics and the chemical industry, as well as the paper industry. With almost one half of all the objects and a series of special historical collections, it characterises the profile of the museum to a large extent. In the future, the area will increasingly focus on the documentation of new materials.

Filter: Chemical Production Engineering / All Epochs / (8 Exhibits found)
Chemical Production Engineering
  • FA-122492

    Cerium oxide sample, 1958

    Neodymium, praseodymium, lutetium, cerium: What sounds like a series of spells cast by a popular boy wizard is in fact a group of highly sought-after natural resources know as ‘rare earths’.

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    Display case: Phosphorus necrosis of the jaw, c 1895

    ‘Those in darkness drop from sight’: the manufacture of phosphorus matchsticks caused horrendous upper jaw pathologies among many employees, not to mention severe pain. Some even died of it.

  • FA-116611

    Dust samples from trade and industry, c. 1900

    Collated, labelled, and examined: these dust samples from many industrial trades seem harmless enough, contained as they are on their little glass plates. But in a person’s lungs, it’s a different story.

  • FA-114922

    Model of a domestic soap factory, c 1935

    ‘Soap is a measure of the affluence and civilisation of states’ – that was the view expressed by German chemist Justus von Liebig in 1844 in his popular Chemische Briefe [Letters on Chemistry]

  • FA-116660

    Model of a lubricant distillation plant, 1916

    It’s rarely a thing of beauty to behold, has no haptic qualities, and often causes a bit of a stink. And yet, would the industrial revolution have been able to occur at all without the seemingly insignificant lubricant?

  • FA-122577

    Model of a platform facility for refining petrol, 1959

    This model illustrates the huge boom in the petrochemical industry in the 20th century. The original was designed for a capacity of 350,000 tonnes a year.

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    Sample board with rubber goods, early 20th century

    Tyres, batons and condoms – these are all products made from the ‘tree that weeps’. For almost 200 years now, rubber and caoutchouc as a natural substance have played a crucial role in technology, the economy, and our everyday lives.

  • FA-112914

    The "Nönnchen", apothecary flask, 1700-1750

    How rude! These pear-shaped apothecary flasks were called Nönnchen, or little nuns, alluding to the visual association between convent mishaps and the ‘pregnant’ bottle shape.

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