Die Öle in Münsigen

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    English titleThe oil mill in Münsigen
    Authors & editors

    Knöpfel, Paul [Author]

    Publisher Verein Freunde der Öle Münsigen
    Year of publication 1995

    German (main text)

    Medium Book

    Food (non-cereal) processes > Edible oils

    Scope & contentSummary TranslationGuide to the oil press in Münsigen, near Bern, which has been in operation for more than 300 years. It starts with an overview of the history of the village since Roman times.The mill produced oil from walnuts, rape, poppy and linen seeds. It was only in winter that it was used for this purpose.The text covers the development and ownership of the mill, and a timeline of its conservation after serious flooding in 1969.It then describes the oil crushing process, and the change from a water wheel to turbine to petrol-driven motor.The booklet describes other auxiliary uses of the mill, including the obligation to thresh flax and hemp, and later to make it into usable yarn. It also crushed bones for fertiliser. Poor quality oil was mixed with resin to produce cart grease.The booklet goes on to describe different ways of producing light over the ages and in different cultures. Oil lamps were used from about 2500 BC until the late 19th century.The mill also contained a smithy for making nails.The booklet is copiously illustrated with diagrams and black-and-white photos.There is a loose illustrated leaflet inside the front cover, with details of visiting times.
    KeywordsSwitzerland, Olive and other domestic oils, Oil, Grinding, Cereals, People, Archaeology & history

    Copies held

    Accession no. 229816

    • Shelf location: W 114.3_KNO
    • Donor: Ken Major Collection