Tuesday, 14 April 2009
ABC Wednesday "M" for Maihaugen, Lillehammer, Norway
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MAIHAUGEN MUSEUM, LILLEHAMMER, NORWAY
Maihaugen is an open air museum comprising 200 buildings set in beautiful countryside, with a range of exhibitions and several welcoming restaurants. A fascinating and enjoyable day out for the whole family.
Maihaugen presents a rural society through churches, homes, farm yards and tools from the Gudbrandsdalen valley which extends north from Lillehammer. Traditional farming methods and handicrafts are also on show.
The Open air museum tells the story of people in the Gudbrandsdalen Valley the last 300 years, of life between the wars in the inland town of Lillehammer and of homes and domestic environments in the 20th century.
Turf roofs in Norway are a tradition and you will see them everywhere. On those roofs there are 7 layers of turf. The first layer was laid on a base of birch bark, with the grass side up, the second is upside down, this continues till the last one, with the grass side up. It's a cheap way of insulation, but you have to keep the grass short by cutting it by hand or, so I was told, by putting a goat on your roof, and take care that no trees are growing on your roof.
Historians believe the first grass roof house was built some time around 900 BC. The grass roof design really came into its own in Iceland and Scandinavia where natural grasses were often used on structures.
More about grass or turf roofs Here
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