COLLECTION – The colour pyramid

Have you always wanted to know what personality type you are or what secret character disorders you might have? Then take the colour pyramid test designed by the Swiss psychologist and dance choreographer Max Pfister-Terpis (1889-1958). Our volunteer Lodewijk found the test in the collection of historical objects of the former study and vocational guidance…

COOKING – Sausages in Norman style

The pupils of 6th form Social and Technical Sciences of the College ten Doorn in Eeklo (Belgium) spent four weeks in January working on their own school heritage. They transformed a few recipes from an old school cookbook into six delicious appetizers. Among them, these blood sausages in Norman style. You find the recipe below….

A cup of coffee with sr. Gaby

“When people think of sisters, they often think of strict, disciplined women who hide behind the walls of old, medieval buildings. Nothing could be further from the truth.” These are the words of Lana who participated in an internship in our Heritage House for her Public History course at the University of Gent . During…

RESEARCH – Discover how 678 American sisters contributed to Alzheimer study

Listen to the radio documentary “Aging with grace“ and discover the story of 678 American nuns who donated their brain to Dr. Snowdon to examine the mysteries of aging and Alzheimer’s. In 1986 Dr David Snowdon approached the sisters at the convent of the School Sisters of Notre Dame in Minnesota. An order of Catholic sisters with their uniform life-styles were perfect…

MOVIE – Watch ‘Marie Heurtin’

Just like the Sisters of Charity, the French Filles de la Sagesse (Daughters of Wisdom) were already active in the field of education for the blind and the deaf in the 19th century. The director Jean-Pierre Améris turned a film about their work in 2014. Marie Heurtin brings us the true story of Marie Heurtin (1885-1921), who…

STORIES – BBC interviewing nuns and monks

What is life like for nuns and monks today? BBC Radio interviewed Sister Giovanna, Sister Clare and Brother Samuel, who are all from different religious communities, and recount what life is like for them today. You can listen to the interview here. The religious also share their experiences of dedication over the years – from that first day…

COOKING – Try these delicious nun’s puffs

Nun’s puffs (sometimes also called nun’s farts) are a dessert pastry originally from France. Ingredients ½ cup butter 1 cup water ¼ teaspoon salt 1 cup all-purpose flour 4 eggs oil for deep frying 3 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar How to make it In a medium saucepan, melt the butter in the water. Add salt and flour,…