How to do it step by step
Choose object and topic
The economic history of the capital and the role of markets within a big city is one topic displayed in the permanent exhibition. In fact, the trading stations on the trade route between the cities along the Danube played a defining role in the history of Buda, Pest, and Old Buda.
Some products have been making the long journey from supplier to consumer for thousands of years; this is not unique to today. However, there is a great difference in the duration of the journey, the means of transportation and the packaging used.
The reconstructed medieval store is an outstanding location to think about the journey, the price, and the packaging of products sold in the past. It was clear that this was an ideal context for introducing the terms "fair trade" and "sustainable economy".
Check technical requirements
Right in front of the medieval store was an area suitable for another installation. Next to this area, there is already an interactive feature: a game with smells from the medieval market that encourages the visitor to participate.
The multi-stage planning process took a long time since we tried to create an installation that is easily understandable and functions well without the need for intervention by museum staff. We have tried to use wear-resistant materials.
To define the content, we consulted the curators of the exhibitions and we got advice from NGOs on the topic of fair trade. There are already publications for young people dealing with the topic of fair trade and some cases were used from these sources.
When we want to explain more serious content through short texts, it is worth checking its effect on outsiders. The effect is greater if we formulate the message in a simple but clear manner.
Installing it in the museum
The installation is versatile and easy to set-up; only the small parts need to be monitored regularly.