Baltic Coast Fishing  Villages in Old Photographs

The exhibition entitled "Baltic Coast Fishing Villages in Old Photographs” presented at Skarbnica Wioski Rybackiej w Chłopach shows an intersting moment in the history of coastal villages captured right before or at the moment of their irreversible change into seaside resorts.


The images perpetuated by photographs depict the lives of fishing villages between the end of the nineteenth century and early 1900s. The old photographs show Niechorze, Mrzeżyno or Łazy – places that we may visit, but also Kępa and Czajcze, places that no longer exist, recorded only in the photos. We can see, most of all, the Baltic coast peculiar architecture originating from Lower-Saxon house building tradition, which was brought to West-Pomerania in the seventeenth century after the Thirty Years' War. This kind of house, with the entrance in the gable wall, leading to a large hall, residantial and farming rooms are located uder one roof.

This kind of layout made it possible to perform many farming routines without leaving the building, what was a convenience in humid and windy coastal climate. The attention should also be paid to fishing equipment, everyday use items, nature and, most of all, fishermen, their work and families.  

These photographs from the collection of The National Museum in Szczecin, may be seen at Skarbnica Wioski Rybackiej w Chłopach (ul. Morska 37) from July 13th to September 30th 2020.  



Organizers: The National Museum in Szczecin (Department of Ethnography of Pomerania), Skarbnica Wioski Rybackiej w Chłopach, Centrum Kultury w Mielnie 
Archive photos edited by: Grzegorz Solecki and Arkadiusz Piętak 
Contemporary photographs: Waldemar Kopczyński 
Curatorial development: Iwona Karwowska
Drawing: Elżbieta Kamińska     


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