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"For body and soul"

- On the culture of eating and drinking -


"Evenly, the flat land in Silesia bears an abundance of all sorts of fields / grain / and pod fruits every year / and can also inform the thirsty neighbors of such abundance / so that the Most High God protects the sea from harm." [Lichtstern, Fridrich ( di F. Lucae) 1685]


Satisfying hunger and quenching thirst - food and drink are essential basic needs. But the way in which humans obtain their food, prepare it, house it, distribute it and consume it, distinguishes it from animals. There are highly complex actions that humans regulate and organize within a community. Over the centuries, different regional characteristics and preferences, eating and nutritional cultures have developed.

External factors such as natural conditions, scientific and technical progress, political reforms, religious affiliation, economic and social developments, but also times of need have influenced the cultivation of special crops, the creation of unusual dishes, the preference for individual foods or the table manners and customs in a region.

However, the production of our food is and remains an intervention in the natural balance and thus causes environmental changes. Every time has to deal with specific challenges: earlier crop failures due to pests, today pesticide residues in food. Phenomena such as the acute and not yet fully explored bee deaths ensure a growing sensitivity for nature and agriculture and a more conscious handling of food.

Nutrition is also an important part of individual identity. Eating becomes an expression of integration into certain social and cultural circles. Whether on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram: “Food photography” is a true mass phenomenon of our day. The 16th century already saw a similar phenomenon. Even back then, images of courtly feasts were part of the self-presentation, because then, as now, the same applies: You are what you eat.


From December 6, 2015 to October 15, 2016 the Upper Silesian State Museum shows an exhibition on the culture of eating and drinking using the example of Silesia.

Thanks to its fertile soils, Silesia has always been associated with agriculture and livestock. Butchers, millers, bakers, beekeepers and brewers developed the processing of agricultural products and refined the recipes over the years. The first beet sugar factory in Europe was built in Kunern (Lower Silesia) in 1802.

Brands such as “Schneekoppe” or “Tyskie”, which emerged from the traditional Princely Brewery in Tichau, gained supraregional importance. In addition, Bunzlau ceramics and the unmistakable Liegnitz bombs became symbols of their Silesian identity, especially for the expellees. Today in the EU the Silesian crumble cake ("Kołocz śląski / kołacz śląski"), the Lower Silesian honey ("Miód wrzosowy z Borów Dolnośląskich") and the traditional sheep cheese from the Tatra region ("Oscypek") are among the Polish products with a protected designation of origin. They are well known and inextricably linked with their region of origin.

The exhibition in Ratingen spans a range from production and cultivation to further processing and marketing, preservation and storage as well as the use and preparation up to the consumption of food. In addition, there is the associated development of regional recipes, table manners and eating rituals as well as the consideration of food supply in times of crisis. Typical Silesian products and traditional companies will be presented in this context.

Museum mascot "Schlesi" slips into the role of various professions and explains how flour was ground or bread was baked 100 years ago. There are selected objects to touch and experiments to try out.

Here you can find the press release on the exhibition with further information.

Click on the book book. Here you can find die most popular recipes from the exhibition as download:

You can find out how good Silesia tastes in an interview with OSLM employee Dr. Susanne Peters-Schildgen listen to extra radio (broadcast on June 23). Simply click on the logo.