As it is still far too cold most of the year to bathe in the Moselle and the Maaren, we show how people used to prepare a bath at home:
"Bathtubs, water bowls, soap dishes...", the exhibition shows a spectrum of "washing oneself" in town and country. The subject matter ranges from the water that one still had to laboriously draw from the well to the flowing water of a pure "Art Deco" bathroom from Trier's city centre.
The exhibition asks the question: who bathed or washed themselves, when, how often and why. The urban surroundings of Konz/Trier as well as the rural environment are taken into account.
References to washing and hygiene practices in the countryside are quite rare. Even if the figure of the dirty and filthy peasant is a literary invention - who still has the strength to care for their tired body after 14 to 18 hours of work in summer? Before the introduction of waterworks in rural areas around 1900, water also had to be fetched laboriously from the well.
The exhibition shows that today's accustomed running cold and hot water was not a matter of course. Even when there was running water, a warm bath was rather the - often weekly - exception.
In addition to many washing utensils and washing facilities from wash bowls to bathtubs, the exhibition also shows the production and sale of soap and scented soaps. Highlights of the exhibition are beautifully decorated washstands, themed exhibits from a former women's convent in Trier, and a washstand from a pure "Art Deco" bathroom made of Lahn marble, which had to make way for a flat renovation in Trier city centre.