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From May, 29th to November, 7th 2021
ON THE TRAIL OF THE HANSE WITH LEGO BRICKS
As one of the most famous toy manufacturers in the world, LEGO inspires young and old. The colourful building blocks enable a creative staging of the Hanse history. In cooperation with Rene Hoffmeister (LEGO Certified Professional), six Hanse worlds will be lovingly recreated in great detail. Large models and dioramas are set to become an impressive and unique experience for the whole family.
A colourful journey through time and space in 6 LEGO Hanse worlds
On the river Neva around 1200
The scene on the river Neva shows the merchant ships before they enter the territory of the Russian Prince of Novgorod. At the river estuary Low German and Gotlandic merchants join forces to form a travel community. Together the heavily armed merchants try to brave the dangers of the long journey to bring their valuable goods safely to their destination.
Trade and market in Bruges in the 14th century
Merchants from almost all regions of Europe trade their valuable and exotic goods via Bruges. They brought products from all parts of the known world into the city. Bruges is best known for its precious cloth from Flanders. The key element of the scene is the central trading place of the flourishing city. In the Market Hall the merchants present luxury goods such as furs and wax. Important supplier products for the local cloth production as well as cereals, herring and stockfish can also be purchased in the colourful market hall.
The plague in Lübeck in the 14th century
The plague changes the street scene in the cities. Those who can avoid leaving their houses stay indoors. Cart pushers and other professionals who earn their daily bread on the streets have to be out and about. In the gloomy scene, plague carts roam the deserted streets to bring the victims of the plague to the cemeteries located outside the city. Plague baskets burn in the streets as a preventive measure against the disease. The incense is intended to clean the bad air. The houses where people have already fallen ill with the plague are marked with crosses to warn others. Almost one third of the population dies from the consequences of the disease.
The London Kontor around 1500
In the 15th and 16th centuries London developed into a trading metropolis. The establishment of the Hanse on the Thames in London, the Steelyard, is mainly inhabited by the sons of rich merchants. They like to show off their wealth. The most important export product of the Steelyard is woollen cloth. The harbour scene provides an insight into the busy life and trade on the banks of the Thames. As national and international trade grows, so does the power and influence of the Hanse in the city of London. They trade mainly raw materials such as furs and wax from the East for wool, tin and other goods.
The Hansetag in Lübeck in 1518
At the meetings, known to us today as Hansetage, the representatives of the cities discuss current affairs affecting Hanse trade. The city delegates meet for three weeks in Lübeck. The discussions focus on general trade matters, problems in the foreign Kontore, conflicts between individual Hanse cities and questions concerning the internal organisation of the Hanse. The scene and conference venue is the Lübeck town hall. The city of Lübeck had its own magnificently decorated hall especially for the Hansetage, which was used exclusively for this event. The Hansetag was also a welcome distraction from everyday life for the urban population.
The 18th century Kontor in Bergen
The Hanse had a branch in the Norwegian city of Bergen from 1343 onwards. The kontor consists of 20 adjoining courtyards. Important trade routes connect Bergen with England and the cities on the North and Baltic Sea. From the fish rich region of Norway, mainly stockfish is transported to Bergen. The long storage life of stockfish makes it an indispensable food for ship crews who spend long periods at sea. The scene shows the hard life of the merchants in the far north.