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Heritage Day: Antwerp in past and present

MoMu intern, Zerlina Van Belle, has been working on a special project which will be introduced this Sunday during Heritage Day!

The project consists of two parts. First of all, ‘porcelain cards‘ from the MoMu collection were inventoried. The surface of these paper cards were treated with white lead which made them look exactly like porcelain. The cards originally date from the 19th century and were mostly used as a way to advertise. Cards obtained by MoMu are only related to textile and fashion businesses in major cities such as Antwerp, Paris, Brussels, Gent and Ostend.

Historical map of Antwerp, 1855, Provincie Antwerpen GIS, Felixarchief Antwerpen

Historical map of Antwerp, 1855, Provincie Antwerpen GIS, Felixarchief Antwerpen

Secondly, a layered map of the city of Antwerp was made. The map combines the old map of the city (1855) with a contemporary map. The combination of both maps allows you to see where the porcelain cards were located and thus giving the opportunity to see what the fashion heart of Antwerp was like during the 19th century!

Historical map of Antwerp, 1855, Provincie Antwerpen GIS, Felixarchief Antwerpen

Historical map of Antwerp, 1855, Provincie Antwerpen GIS, Felixarchief Antwerpen

MoMu will present this project on the 26th of April in honor of Heritage Day! To witness this project first hand, stop by the MoMu Library from 10am to 6pm!

Want to know more about Heritage Day at MoMu? Read about it here or discover our exceptional workshop.