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The Industrial Revolution Using the Example of a Porcelain Factory

This programme provides an introduction to the technological and social changes that took place as a result of industrialization. Using the former porcelain factory in Selb-Plößberg as an example – the sight of the present-day Porzellanikon Museum – school children gain insight into the development of porcelain production from work done by hand to high-tech mass production.

The programme is modular. In addition to the 90-minute interactive guided tour through the departments on Porcelain Production and the Everyday Life of Porcelain Workers, project modules can be booked in which students are given selected sources and work orders on the following topics:

  • Female labour
  • Living conditions of porcelain makers
  • Working conditions of porcelain makers
  • Self-concept of entrepreneurs
  • Infrastructural development of Selb
  • Labour movement

Separate workrooms for up to five groups and opportunities for presentations are available in the museum. On request, a programme can be organized for an entire form (grade).

It is also possible to book porcelain decorating as a creative activity.

Location: Porzellanikon Selb
Age: Year (grade) 8-9
2-3 hours
Curriculum reference:
Mittelschule (middle school): GSE (history, social studies, geography) 8.2;
Realschule (secondary school): G (history) 9.1, 9.6;
Gymnasium (grammar school): G (history) 8.2
Group size: max. 20 people per tour group
Cost: €35 for the guided tour; €0.50 material costs per person; €1.70 material costs per person for porcelain painting
Registration: At least two weeks in advance by calling +49 9287 91800-48 or sending an email to museumspaedagogik(at)

We are happy to organize programmes tailored to your specific needs and will help you plan project days and weeks or offer support with seminar projects and introductory scientific projects (P- und W-Seminare).