20/11/2016 – 07/01/2018
Children are supposed to play and go to school. Only adults are expected to work and earn money. End of discussion. Or not?
If you thought that these days child labour is something that only occurs in ‘the South’, you are mistaken. Despite the introduction of compulsory education in Belgium in 1914 and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1989, child labour is still the subject of controversy worldwide.
Turn the clock back 250 years! You are now in the eighteenth century and about to enter the period of the first industrial revolution with the advent of the machine. Afterwards you experience the consequences of industrialization.
The overview of the industrial society provided by the MIAT occupies an area of 1,800 m². Volunteers set the textile machines in motion. The spectacle is impressive but the noise deafening!
Today the MIAT implements an active collecting policy and the collection contains over 30,000 objects. Pièces de résistance include the Mule Jenny and the twiner dating from 1789. The MIAT’s most important sub-collections are those relating to textiles and printing.