Birdhouses in an Open-air Museum

Instigating Reflections

in Ethnologia Europaea
Author:
Carsten Vorwig LVR-Open-air Museum Kommern

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Dagmar Hänel Institute for Regional Studies, Bonn dagmar.haenel@lvr.de

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Little buildings offering food and places for nesting to oscine birds in the garden or on the balcony are not just decorative architectural elements. They represent ideas of “good” gardening, of ecological behaviour and of nature protection. This contribution is based on a study in the open-air museum in Kommern, Germany. With an ethnographic perspective on space and material culture, and specifically on the birdhouses in the museum, it discusses representations of human–bird-relations in material culture.

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