Way of Life

The “Way of Life” area of the collection is composed of items that individuals or groups used to define their public or private way of life. These items reflect political and social developments, contemporary lifestyles and cultural ways of life.

Household objects

Household Belongings

Pastel-coloured eggcups from GDR
Thermal jug
Household: white vase
Household objects

Household Belongings

Household objects include items that are used in homes, but are not part of the fit-out. They include not only objects used personally, such as hairbrushes or pipes, but also items that serve general life, such as tableware and cutlery. The “Household Objects” collection features items that are produced in series or as one-offs, industrially or manually; a variety of materials are involved.

Household objects in the object database

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Bonn
Dr. Helene Thiesen
Sports equipment

Footballs, Skateboards and Racing Bikes

Football with autographs of the GDR World Cup Team 1974
Sports equipment

Footballs, Skateboards and Racing Bikes

This area of the collection includes sports equipment that reflects political and social trends or the history of everyday life. It also features sports equipment owned by famous athletes or celebrities and items relating to important events in sporting history.

Sports equipment in the object database

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Bonn
Hans-Joachim Westholt
Toys

Cars, Stuffed Animals and Games Consoles

Children's car 'Mops', GDR 1989
Stuffed animal: Angry Bird, 2014
Toys

Cars, Stuffed Animals and Games Consoles

This section of the collection includes classic toys such as dolls, stuffed animals and toy cars, not to mention model kits, figures, shops and dollhouses. The objects reflect political and social trends or the history of everyday life. Among them are, for example, makeshift toys made from bits and pieces from the immediate post-War period and tin toys from the days of the “Economic Miracle”.

Toys in the object database

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Bonn
Hans-Joachim Westholt
Games

Board Games, Puzzles and Computer Games

Chess game: Soviet war imprisonment, 1945
Games

Board Games, Puzzles and Computer Games

The collection includes games that reflect political and social trends or the history of everyday life. Among them are board and card games, games of dice and tactical games, not to mention puzzles and computer games. A key strand of the collection is board games with social and political references. The collection also features the “Game of The Year” winners.

Games in the object database

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Research staff
Bonn
Hans-Joachim Westholt
Musical instruments

Guitars, Horns and Drumheads

Violin, early 1940s
The concert grand from the Semperoper in Dresden got damaged during a flood
Musical instruments

Guitars, Horns and Drumheads

The collection primarily encompasses musical instruments that reflect political and social trends or the history of everyday life. Among them are instruments used by political organizations and the personal instruments of various celebrities. The collection also features accessories, such as guitar cases and music stands.

Musical instruments in the object database

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Research staff
Bonn
Hans-Joachim Westholt