The educational program is cancelled due to the corona pandemic!


for children and young people

In our workshops, children and young people can gain an insight into handicraft activities. Join in! Is the motto of this series of events. Handicraft manufacturing processes are taught in a playful and fun way. At the end of the workshops the participants can take home their own printed jute bags and bound notebooks. In addition, the children and young people also learn a lot of interesting facts about the history of Wuppertal.

1. Dyer children

Creative minds and skilled hands wanted!
In this workshop you can follow the traces of the "Wuppertal Dyer Tradition". White jute bags are dyed with harmless batik colours.
Thanks to special folding techniques, the most amazing patterns are created. Of course you can take the bags home afterwards and use them in everyday life.
Depending on the age of the children, basic information about colours and about the tradition of textile dyeing in Wuppertal will be told.

2. Bookbindery in Kontor 91

For two hours, Kontor 91 is transformed into a bookbindery.
Books consist of many individual parts and materials that have to be put together. Here, children and young people can experience a multi-part production process,
at the end of which is a self bound and designed notebook.

The costs for the workshops during the school holidays are 25 €, outside the school holidays 60,-€.

Duration: 2 hours

Location: Kontor 91, Werth 91, Wuppertal

Registration is required:Ankerpunkt Historisches Zentrum, Phone: +49 202 563-4375, E-Mail:

Experience tours

for families

In our experience tours for families our visitors learn a lot of interesting and entertaining things about work and everyday life of children in the 19th century. You can choose between two programs: Weaver's Children and Old School.

Program 1: Weaver's Children

Child labour was part of everyday life in Germany until a few generations ago, and in other countries it still exists today. Children in Wuppertal used to be employed in the textile industry. In this tour, children not only learn about the lives of the workers' children of that time, but they can also understand the experience of a worker's child themselves. They will be immersed in the secrets of the textile industry, learn which materials were processed in those days and also work on a weaving frame themselves.

Programme 2: Old School

Today, as in the past, the children have to go to school. School also existed in the lives of the workers' children of industrialisation. But the lessons were somewhat different back then. In this tour, children not only learn about the life of the workers' children and the lessons of that time, but they can also understand the experience of a workers' child themselves. During the tour, the children can attend a history lesson and learn how to write the script of that time with pen and ink.

Location: Kontor 91, Werth 91, Wuppertal

Duration: 90 minutes (guided tour approx. 30 minutes, practical part approx. 60 minutes)

Fee for families: 6 € for adults, 2 € for children and young people up to 18 years
minimum 5 / maximum 20 participants 

Registration is required: Ankerpunkt Historisches Zentrum, Phone +49 202 563-4375, E-Mail:



Lively learning!

Offers for school classes

Guided tour 1: Working conditions in early industrialisation

From the house and home industry to factory organisation using the example of Caspar Engels Söhne in Barmen and Ermen & Engels in Manchester and Barmen.
Friedrich Engels was born into a wealthy and successful entrepreneurial family. The development of the family business Caspar Engels Söhne and the business area enlarged by his father from 1837 onwards in partnership with Peter Ermen and his brothers Godfrey and
Anton as well as his silk trade can be used as examples to illustrate the industrialization process in the textile industry.

Guided tour 2: Pauperism and care of the poor in Elberfeld and Barmen

From the Elberfeld System to the Kolping Society and private care for the poor. 
The 19th century brought not only technical progress but also misery and pauperism. Society was forced to deal with these negative effects of industrialization and to find solutions for the social question. These solutions are illustrated by various examples such as the Elberfeld System or the Kolping Society, whereby the reasons and effects of misery are also considered.

Guided tour 3: From Barmen to Manchester

The burgeoning cotton industry in Manchester was of burning interest to ambitious entrepreneurs from Barmen like Friedrich Engels senior in the first half of the 19th century.
It was obvious for the entrepreneur to orientate himself to the technical, organisational and entrepreneurial innovations that had been constantly developing there since the middle of the 18th century. At that time Manchester was called "shock city", the so-called "Manchester capitalism" is proverbial. His son Friedrich also saw Manchester's dark sides and recorded them in "The Condition of the Working Class in England" in 1845 as a warning to Barmen.

Guided tour 4: Children and female labour

The living and working environment of women and children in the early industrialisation era was miserable.
The questions are being investigated: Why did women and children have to work in the factories? What did this work look like, what effects did women's and children's work have on health, education and family? And what was society's opinion on this subject? An outlook on child labour today is also possible.

Guided tour 5: School in Prussia - factory children

This tour traces the everyday life of children during industrialisation, caught between school and the livelihood.
Since 1717 there was compulsory schooling in Prussia. But there were not enough schools throughout the country, and they always had to be paid. With the first law for the protection of children, the so-called Prussian Regulativ of 1839, child labourers were now also provided with education in factory-owned elementary schools teaching. But what did the school look like back then? Who went to school? And what problems were there between school and work? 

Guided tour 6: Weaver children of Wuppertal

The children slip into the role of the weaver children. They not only learn how the children lived at that time, but also make their own weaving frame. They learn which materials were used and how they were prepared.

Tour 7: Child labour and school

The pupils learn how the children lived, worked and went to school in those days, before becoming part of a school lesson themselves and learning how to use pen and ink.

The guided tours last 60 or 90 minutes. The cost for 60 minutes is 25 €, for 90 minutes 45 €.
This reduced amount is made possible with the support of the friends` association of the Historische Zentrum.
The maximum number of participants is about 25 persons.
Since the offer is potentially barrier-free, we ask for prior consultation.
Booking and information: Ankerpunkt Historisches Zentrum, Phone: +49 202 563-4375, E-Mail: