Brussels Mill and Food Museum
Built in 1841, the Evere windmill enabled farmers in the surrounding area to mill their grain. The conical brick building has undergone a number of changes and has been used for different purposes over the years. In 1853, a steam machine was installed so that milling could continue even when weather conditions were not suitable. The wooden blades ended up being removed as they had become obsolete. Two new structures were added to the windmill, in 1887 and 1904 respectively, to cater for cylinder mills and provide storage space. Unable to compete with the huge flour mills in Willebroek, the windmill shut its doors in 1911 and was subsequently home to various small local industries, becoming, for a time, a thermosiphon factory, a tannery, a manufacturer of small wooden machines and even a gut-processing factory supplying butchers. In the 1930s, Oscar Tausig set up his spice factory in the building, remaining there until 1983. Abandoned, the Evere windmill, as well as the garden and paved road situated in the park, became listed structures in 1990 and were acquired by the Municipality of Evere in 1998. Since 2008, the restored building has been home to the Brussels Mill and Food Museum. The ground floor still contains the milling machines (that were used to process the spices), washers, cylinder mills and screeners: an ideal way of introducing the exhibition on the history of milling, from the prehistoric toothed wheel to the continuous circular movement, which runs in the permanent exhibition area. (Listed – 20/12/1990)
Sat.: 14:00, 15:30.
Guided tours in French Belgian Sign Language: Sat. at 16:00. In cooperation with Arts & Culture.
Exhibition: ‘Food and the City. Feeding our cities, then and now’. Every day, more than 7.5 billion people on the planet need to be fed, and since 2006 the majority of the world’s population has been living in urban areas. Meanwhile, the number of producers is steadily declining. So how are we going to feed our ever-expanding cities if fewer and fewer people are producing food? ‘Food and the City’ charts the historical development of food supply and takes a look at the current food challenges faced by cities.
Reservation only for guided tours