Hugo Zeche

The last mine that closed it’s doors was Zeche Hugo in Germany. On 28 April 2000 the mineworkers left the mine for the last time and the city suddenly got 3000 new unemployed people… The last years almost all buildings on the terrain were demolished except this protected building. The dressing room is very special to see, hundreds of steel baskets, named “kauen” hung with chains high on the ceiling. The mineworkers used this to preserve their shoes, clothes, personal belongings so that they were safe against theft. With a chain they lifted up their basket, meters high up till the roof. Every worker had it’s own numbered chain with basket.