Muzeum Izba Polska

The building

The residential building for seasonal workers (Polakkaserne), currently known as The Polish Barrack in Taagerup on the island of Lolland, currently housing the museum, was designed by Henrik C. Glahns, a renowned Danish architect, at the request of the owners of the Lungholm estate.

  • The building
  • The building
  • The building
  • The building

He also designed the Saint Bridget Church in Maribo. The Polakkaserna building was erected in 1911, some 3 km away from the estate. It was designed to provide accommodation for 30 seasonal workers. Its location is typical for buildings of this type – the aim was to limit the contacts of the locals with the seasonal workers. Around 30 similar buildings were in use on the island of Lolland at the time. The building in Taagerup was specifically designed for seasonal workers and was modelled on similar buildings in Germany. Accommodation for seasonal workers in southern Denmark was called the “Polakkaserne”.

The building was divided into four functional parts: the ground floor was occupied by a dining room for workers, a kitchen and a pantry as well as rooms occupied by the supervisor, while the first floor housed the living quarters, most probably originally separate for men and women. This claim is supported by the fact that there are two bedrooms with separate staircases leading to them.

In 1912, the Polakkaserne was probably housing 30 female seasonal workers from Poland. The building complied with the standards set by the 1908 Act on Seasonal Workers. According to Glahns’s plan, the building had 15 beds. These may have been bunk beds, even though the 1908 Act banned their use in living quarters. That is why the building may have been occupied by not more than 20 female workers. Every resident of the Polakkaserne was assigned some space in the pantry to store food. In addition, one box holding around 24 kg of potatoes was also assigned to every two seasonal workers.

A smaller building, housing bathrooms and toilets as well as a laundry and a fuel store was located next to the main building. Similar buildings, accompanying residential houses, were very popular at the time in Danish towns, in working class neighbourhoods.

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Museum Polish Barrack

Højbygårdsvej 34, Tågerup, 4970 Rødby
Phone: 25 77 92 01
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CVR 35612831

MobilPay: 25 77 92 01

Museum The Polish Barrack is ready for the summer season. We open July 1st and stay open tentatively until the end of August. The museum is open every day, except Mondays, from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm. The preseason with many Corona virus canceled group visits has been expensive for the museum. We are missing revenue for around DKK 30,000, and are not covered by the state aid packages. Therefore, we hope that many locals and guests from outside will visit us this summer.

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