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Anno 2004

The wind turbine building in 2004
  
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The Poul la Cour Museum
Mllevej 21, Askov
6600  Vejen
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Postal address of the museum:
Vangevej 1, Askov
6600  Vejen
  
      The idea behind the "Poul la Cour Museum" is to tell the story of the life of Poul la Cour, his many accomplishments and his significance for future generations. It is an intriguing story of a person who in so many ways influenced society around him. At the time, Danish society underwent many great changes both socially, culturally as well as politically. The reason for these dramatic changes was the rapid technological development that took place at the end of the 19th century. Focus will be on the years 1878 to 1908 which was the period where Poul la Cour was a folk high school teacher and an inventor and where he worked to improve the living conditions for the rural population.
     The geographic location is in the southern part of Jutland between the towns of Kolding in the east and Esbjerg in the west and 3 km north of the border of that time to Prussia/Germany. The name of the place is Askov, a small village, which was nationally known for its folk high school. In 1878, Poul la Cour was employed to teach mathematics, physics and chemistry at the school and this became the beginning of a fantastic development.
     Luckily, the buildings from 1897 where Poul la Cour worked on many of his revolutionary inventions are still intact. The architect P.V. Jensen-Klint drew the buildings. Many years later, he also drew the plans for the Grundtvig Church in Copenhagen. The buildings at Askov were funded by the Ministry of the Interior, which had realized the significance of exploiting wind power.
     Through the help of many sponsors, the Poul la Cour Foundation managed to buy the buildings that will display the life of Poul la Cour.
     The place is redecorated so it resembles the original interior as much as possible. Most of the inventory is gone but several of the original test constructions are rebuilt. One of the constructions is the wind tunnel with the measuring equipment that helped la Cour design the ideal blade profile for wind turbines.
     Another display is a demonstration of how Poul la Cour 100 years ago worked on storing and exploiting hydrogen, which he saw as the energy source of the future.
     The test constructions, pictures and posters all illustrate how Poul la Cour more than a century ago developed the foundation for the modern wind turbine, used hydrogen for lights and much more. The significance of his research for the modern Danish wind turbine industry is also explained.
     The museum also hosts an information centre for those who wish to carry out an in-depth research the work of Poul la Cour. The museum contains a large collection of documents, letters, sketches etc.
     In the Archive section the museum’s collection of pictures, documents, books and items is shown.
     The museum displays the life of Poul la Cour, the inventor, humanist and folk high school teacher whose thoughts and ideas are still very much up-to-date.
    
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