CHURCH, TAVERN, AND
CABBAGE GARDEN The dull everyday life in a small medieval town
Finds unearthed during
archaeological excavations on the territory of the former Uus Pärnu (in English
– New-Pärnu) tell stories about the everyday life of the people who lived here
500–600 years ago. Town laws and civic ordinances, together with the
restrictions and freedoms that came with the class-based social order,
regulated people’s lives in the public space of the city down to what are very
personal details in today’s terms.
However, the everyday life, view of the
world, and daily and yearly rhythms of the mediaeval person were mostly
determined by the church – if only because life followed the rhythm dictated by
Amidst all the norms and
rules, the bourgeoisie of Uus-Pärnu lived their lives within the city walls as
best they could – living by trade or handicrafts, sleeping in a wooden or stone
house that they owned or rented, dressing according to their class, eating and
drinking what they could afford, nourishing their body and soul, and finding
entertainment every now and then.
Authors of the exhibition: Margo Samorokov, Katrin Suu Design: Indrek Aija Pärnu Museum 2023
All the exhibits belong to the collections of Pärnu Museum. You can find the items on the stands and the Russian and Finnish translations of the exhibition on the second floor of the Red Tower.