Located in the middle of Nymoen, this school was established and built by the Cobalt Works in 1784. Nymoen School, which was one of three schools under the direction of the Cobalt Works, was also where the teacher resided. Today, the school is an unstaffed museum that is part of the Nymoen Cultural Trail.
When an educational plan was drawn up for the Cobalt Works in 1783, Nymoen School was an important element. This was the nearest school to the Cobalt Works. The other two schools were located near the Cobalt Mines. Nymoen was designed as a residential area, with workers’ houses providing homes for some of the employees of the Cobalt Works, and the school was given a central location.
Part of the school was set up as a spinning and weaving school for girls. Two rooms on the first floor were furnished as the teacher’s residence. Children of the Cobalt Works’ employees went to school for three hours every day, from the age of 7 to 14. In 1783, the teacher received a salary of 13 speciedaler per month, in addition to free accommodation and firewood.
In 1841, Modum Savings Bank was allocated part of the Nymoen School premises. In a letter from the Cobalt Works management, we can read that the school was approved for use as a bank ‘on the 2nd day of the month, Payday Afternoon, from 3:00 pm, to allow Deposits and Withdrawals from the Savings Bank to be made’.
If you visit Nymoen School today, it is an open but unstaffed museum, where you can learn more about the history of the school at the Cobalt Works.