Workmens’s House, Nymoen no 9
Nymoen no. 9 is the Cobalt Works’ unstaffed museum of social history. A stroll past the old workmen’s houses on Nymogata will give you a look at the lives of the Cobalt Works workers and their families.
At Nymoen no 9, you will see how a craftsman from the Cobalt Works used to live. This original Worker’s House sits in Nymogaten, a street which was laid out in 1779. Have a look in the living room, kitchen and widow’s room, but don’t get a shock if you suddenly hear someone speaking. It is just our automatic sound system, which will tell you a little about the location’s history.
If you are interested in architecture, we recommend a stroll around Nymoen. With the old buildings and newer additions, you can trace architectural developments from the end of the 18th century to the present day.
In 1845, the French sociologist Pierre Guillaume Frédéric le Play came to the Cobalt Works to study the workers’ living conditions. He lived in Nymoen for a year, and it is thanks to his research and publications that we know so much about what life must have been like for a worker at the Cobalt Works. We have created a display in part of the Worker’s House to tell you more about how the workers lived, how they spent their leisure time, and what they ate. You will also get an insight into the social schemes provided by the Cobalt Works in its heyday, such as sick pay, poor relief fund and pension system. Considering what conditions were like elsewhere, these workers enjoyed a high standard of living.
The Worker’s House also contains a small display dealing with the cholera epidemic which raged here in the 1830s. Astonishingly, none of the Cobalt Works’ employees died, and we show you some of the HSE measures which were introduced to combat the epidemic.
In the outhouses belonging to Nymoen no 9, you can see displays about two different crafts: the chairmaker’s workshop and the cobbler’s workshop.
Nymoen No 9 can be visited as part of the Nymoen Cultural Trail, which runs between the Cobalt Works and Nyfossum, and also takes you to the residence of the Cobalt Works’ Material Manager, the Doctor’s Residence and the Bookkeeper’s Residence.