Departure from Helsinki with the group’s own bus at 8:00 am. Arriving to Paimio at 10:00 am, where a cup of coffee will be enjoyed at a local café to start the day.
The guided one-hour walking tour starts either from the Isku House or from the nearby river valley. The walking tour will describe the transition in the landscape, building culture and social life that took place in the early 1960s, and point out examples where it can still be witnessed today. This will include a description of the strong growth of the electrical industry (e.g. the Southwest Finland Electricity office building, the current Paimio high school from 1960s), but also other industries and small businesses. The appearance of new services in rural Finland of the 1960s will also come to light: banking facilities, a new municipal building and school facilities.
Around 12.00pm, the walking tour of the village ends in front of the neighboring “Paimio Electricity Museum” and “Miila Handicraft Museum”. Here the themes described during the earlier walking tour can be further discussed with reference to the displays and the help of the museum guides. After the guided tours at the museums, we will continue by bus to the Kaimalan Karhulampi restaurant, where we will have our lunch around 13:30 pm.
After lunch, the day trip culminates with a guided tour of the Paimio Sanatorium, starting at 15:00 p.m. We will have a 1,5-hour themed tour, highlighting the functional and structural changes that were made to the sanatorium in the early 1960s. The postwar period saw the appearance of new, more effective drugs and treatments for tuberculosis, which allowed for the development of different functions within the sanatorium. Gradually, the sanatorium transformed into a hospital, where other lung diseases were treated.