New display 'What a girl needs to know. Keeping house during the years 1930-1960'

For most girls who grew up during the years between 1930 and 1960, being a housewife was deemed the highest ideal. "It is a life full of purpose, a task which has to be continued in all circumstances, a calling in which love and selflessness play an important role, yet in which a high degree of knowledge and ability are at least equally important."  This was the message impressed on young women by the Libelle magazine in 1941.

The collection presentation 'What a girl needs to know' depicts how running a household evolved between 1930 and 1960. Did the introduction of new household devices truly mean a lightening of the burden of household chores? Or did they only raise the bar? And what expectations and ideal images were projected on young women by magazines and advertising? 

This presentation is an extension of the exhibition 'Children then, pensioners now' about the wider living environment during the years 1930 to 1960.


Period: 24/04/2017 until 31/12/2018
Location: Volkskundemuseum

Rates (including permanent collection):

free with the membership card Vrienden van Musea Brugge
free with Museumpas
free for primary and secondary education (supervised by teacher)

  • Adults € 6,00 
    65+ € 5,00 
    young people up to 25 years old € 5,00 
    children Free up to 17 years