Freunde des LWL-Freilichtmuseums Detmold - Westfälisches Landesmuseum für Volkskunde e.V. (Freunde des Freilichtmuseums Detmold)


ICJAXX 30.07. – 13.08.17 Open-air Museum Detmold MANU, ENVI, AGRI, STUDY, Vols 15

Mittwoch, 15. März. 2017

Germany’s largest open-air museum features peasant buildings and rural culture from between the middle of the 16th to the middle of the 20th centuries. It includes both farms scattered in the countryside and one complete village, with all buildings original and reconstructed or transported from an area of 6,5 Th. square-kilometres. Historically cultivated gardens, traditional crafts and handicrafts and breeding-programs for endangered regional species (among them horses and pigs) are important aspects of the museum’s work. Approximately 200.000 people visit the museum annually; in summer, the museum can have up to 2000 visitors daily. The museum is located very close to Detmold, an important centre of performing arts (i.e. Detmold Conservatory, Opera) and a popular destination for tourism, including sites such as the Hermannsdenkmal and the Externsteine situated in the Teutoburg Forest. The museum is very interested in promoting international exchange between the volunteers, staff and visitors. Given the unique opportunity to stay at the museum, participants should be profoundly interested in learning about rural culture and the history of the various buildings. More information about the Open-air Museum Detmold can be found at

Volunteers will be working in small groups in forestation, harvesting, or the maintenance of the museum grounds. No special knowledge required; volunteers will be directed by trained staff. Work will be confined to the morning and volunteers will have the rest of the day for other activities. However, some work may exceed this target and require a full work day (i.e. harvest). In this case the next day may be taken off. Matching with this year’s exhibition theme of the museum - “Childhood” - volunteers should organise a small program about popular outside games played (counting-out rhymes, etc.) by the children in the countries they come from; this should occupy approximately 15-20% of their total work time at the camp. The program will be presented on August 12 at the museum.

Study & Leisure time:
A small program with guided visits to parts of the museums is organised for the volunteers. The leaders of the camp will introduce the participants to sites of nature, culture and relaxation in the city of Detmold and beyond. At least one long hike to important sites is planned for the weekend. Volunteers are asked to introduce their countries to the other participants by bringing photographs, maps, handicrafts, music, etc. Can you teach a song in your language ? If you play an instrument, but cannot bring it with you, please let us know.

Participants are hosted in a newly reconstructed building within the museum grounds. Due to the special national significance of the museum, this is a non-smoking workcamp; the consumption of alcohol is not allowed anywhere on the premises of the museum after closure in the evening. All participants are required to stay for the whole duration of the camp. The camp is self-catering; volunteers will cook for themselves choosing from the provisions on a daily basis. Participants are asked to bring a sleeping bag and a camping mat.
There is no WiFi on the site.

Detailed Motivation-letter required: All volunteers are asked to write a text about their interest in this project and their expectations. Solid footwear is required for all outdoor work in the museum grounds. Volunteers should bring some warm clothing as the accommodation block is not heated and night time temperatures in August may drop to +12 degrees Celsius.

Terminal: Detmold Train station