Grafik St.Antony-Hütte Museum Eisenheim Oberhausen

Early Birthplaces

Media station invites the visitor to smelt iron

View of a play station

At the St. Antony-Hütte (Ironworks) a media station invites the visitor to charge a historic blast furnace and to learn more about the early birthplaces of the iron industry in Europe. The interactive station in five languages enables visitors to operate a charcoal or coke furnace virtually and in the role of furnace foreman to smelt iron. In this way the visitor experiences just how much skill is required for a perfect runoff.

The media station is the result of an international co-operation between various industrial museums at early birthplaces of the iron industry. Within the scope of the EU project "early birthplaces", the LVR-Industriemuseum in co-operation with partner museums in Great Britain, France, Spain and Poland designed a website which takes visitors on a virtual journey back to the beginnings of the European iron industry. Under, anyone interested can find more information about the different modes of operation and construction of the early blast furnaces and follow their development between 1750 and 1850 in European comparison