The mills of the Hungarian Open Air Museum which represent unique vernacular architectural values and the water-mill of Tallós (Tomášikovo, Slovakia) would be reconstructed by cross-border cooperation. The main goal of the improvement project called Milling – the forgotten craft of our ancestors, whichwould be realized by the Interreg V-A Slovakian-Hungarian Cooperation Program, is to make these trade historical monuments workable in order to introduce the forgotten knowledge of our forefathers.
This project is promoting the cultural heritage itself and also its natural surroundings. The mills along the Danube are in beautiful natural sites; they have not only trade-historical and ethnographical values but had also an important role in the nutrition history of the Carpathian-basin. During the reconstruction, the mills of the Hungarian Open Air Museum will be totally (with the mechanical equipment) renewed, and the water-mill of Tallós would be workable too.
The Hungarian Open Air Museum has 5 different mills so the visitors can learn the types and features of the mills in one site.At the Upper-Tisza Region of the Museum, there is a dry-mill, at the Great Hungarian Plane Region is a wind-mill, at the Bakony-Balaton Uplands Region is a water-mill and at the Small Plain Region is a horse-mill and a crushing mill. The reconstruction of these monuments makes tangible a very diverse but forgotten trade for the visitors.
The interactive elements will serve the entertaining learning in order to realize at once the knowledge transfer and the experience. Thanks to the reconstruction, the next generations can also experience the century-old methods of grain grinding and understand the differences in the operation modes of the mills.
Besides the monuments, their surroundings and infrastructure would also be reconstructed and made more visitor-friendly. In the framework of the tender, at Tallós, a visitor center would be erected and the road to the mill would be also reconstructed; at the Hungarian Open Air Museum, a bike store and a train-barn are planned.
During the reconstruction project commonly organized workshops, conferences and publications would introduce the cross-border history of the mill-trade. Besides exhibitions of mills and millers, the Hungarian Open Air Museum and the Trnava Self-Governig Region (Trnavský samosprávny kraj) plan to organize bike and train tours and museum educational workshops.
This development is financed by the European Regional Development Found with 514 438,7 Euro.
Title of the project: Milling – the forgotten craft of our ancestors
Interreg V-A Slovakia-Hungary Cooperation Programme
Priority Axis: 1. Nature and Culture
Specific objective: 1.1 To increase the attractiveness of the border area
Action 1.1 Joint development of cultural heritage
Lead Beneficiary: Hungarian Open Air Museum (HU)
Project partners: Trnavský samosprávny kraj (SK); Obec Tomášikovo (SK)
Duration of the project: 1st of November 2020 – 31st of October 2022
Project total eligible budget: 1 496 193,79 EUR
Hungarian Open Air Museum budget: 643 154,46 Euró
ERDF contribution (85 %):514 438,7 EUR
State co-finance (15%): 90 783,3 EUR
The project is funded by Interreg Central Europe, supported by the European Regional Development Fund, cofinanced by the European Union.