Volda electric mill is officially opened as Mylnå economuseum. A living exhibition center for flour production in the mill that has roots as far back as 1869. Elias Moe, who runs Mylnå with children Janne and Thomas, received about fifty guests for the opening on Thursday.
- Milling is an endangered cultural heritage, and Volda electric mill is one of a kind in Norway. Mylnå is therefore an ideal addition to the economuseum family. The economuseum concept is developed to conserve traditional crafts and increase public knowledge and visits of these. As head of projects for economuseums in Norway, we are very proud of having being able to contribute to this, says Kari Clause, head of development for The Royal Norwegian Society for Development.
The idea of economuseums started in Canada 25 years ago and today has expanded to a large international network that conserves traditional crafts.
A living exhibition center
Mylnå has now become a living exhibition center where they show off production for their visitors, they welcome tourists and school groups. Mylnå has its own bakery and café that serves indulgencies based on flour that is milled in house. They also have a shop and an online shop for the sale of many exciting flours that you can not buy in normal shops.
Marit Nerås Krogsæter, head of the Culture and Public Health Committee in Møre og Romsdal had the honour of cutting the ribbon at the official opening:
- Congratulations so much. This is exclusive company you now keep together with Aurland shoe factore and the Ciderhouse in Balestrand. We are especially proud of that Mylnå has gained the status as a part of the economuseum network as the forst plant in Møre og Romsdal. Now even more people will be able to experience and see the vital craft in action. Says Marit Nerås Korgsæter, head of the Culture and Public Health Committee in Møre og Romsdal.
Keeping good company
- With Mylnå there are now thirteen economuseums, with most in Hordaland where it all started in Norway. The goal is to establish a countrywide network of economusems. This was of organising crafts businesses gives increased visitation and revenue. This how we contribute to conserving old crafts at the same time we are giving businesses new life and keeping employment safe, says Asbjørn Stavland who is the project leader for Norges Vel's economuseum efforts.
In addition to Mylnå is Aurlandskoen, Oselvarverkstaden, Fjordtynna, Stine Hoff Glasblåserverksted, Syse Gard, Tønnegarden, Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk, Ledaal Teppeveveri, Ullform, Oleana, Arven and Ciderhuset are all a part of the network. Every economuseum has an adapted six step model to make each visit memorable.
An economuseum is a living exhibition center for a craft, where visitors and see that craft in action and the products that are made. The economuseum should have an inviting reception area and be adapted to experiencing the craftspeople at work, historic education area, as well as the education of modern production and innovation, documentation center and a shop.