The industrial Workforce
Take a journey through 150 years of industrial history that changed the course and conditions of workers’ lives.
The exhibition takes you through 150 years of industrial history. Working processes, factories and people are brought to life in a series of working situations from workplaces large and small in Denmark. Among those you can meet are backyard bottlers at the Carlsberg breweries in the 1800s, shipyard riveters from the 1950s, women on the production line at early electronics companies, and seamstresses working in Nicaragua today.
One of the central points of the exhibition is that more than any other social group – including the highly educated and the creative class – industrial workers have had to adapt constantly in order to earn a living. Here you will meet people like the mechanic who operates a robot today, and the seamstress in a small Danish town whose children design the logos for sweatshirts now produced in Nicaragua, but using the same sewing machine as the previous generation in Denmark.
Industrialisation is not only about factories, mechanisation and technological breakthroughs. It was also a cultural revolution that laid the foundations for a new social order by turning people’s daily lives, gender roles, family patterns and the relationship between town and country upside down. The emergence of industrial society has had an impact on workers, but workers have also influenced its development.