Under the Christmas tree: Tips from Special Collections

Published on
December 17, 2020

Special Collections gives you some tips for the holidays. Puzzles, a video about a very rare book by Maria Sibylla Merian and online exhibitions. Have fun! We wish you happy holidays and a healthy 2021.


Maria Sibylla Merian's book on insects in Surinam. Curator Liesbeth Missel explores the very rare pirated copy from 1770. Watch the video!

Jigsaw puzzles

Online jigsaw puzzles: an aerial photograph from a winter landscape in World War II, drawings of Maria Sybilla Merian, foto’s van Marine Research and more. 70 to 140 pieces. Go to the puzzles.

Online exhibitions

John Bergmans, garden architect and botanist

About the famous Dutch garden architect John Bergmans (1892-1980). Go to the exhibition.

75 Years Liberation in aerial photographs

The story of the liberation of the Netherlands, in 2020 75 years ago, is told in 34 aerial photographs. The chronological series starts with a few items at the beginning of World War II, and focuses on events that took place from September 1944 to May 1945. Go to the exhibition.

Treasure Room

Special Collections is the treasure room of WUR Library. It holds collections of rare and old publications on agriculture, botany, livestock farming and garden architecture. Many of the images of Special Collections are online in the WUR Image Collections. Be sure to take a look at the drawings of plants and insects of Maria Sybilla Merian, the historical maps and the Women, Agricultural Sciences and Wageningen collection.