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Exhibition: The Golden Triangle

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20 september 2011

With the phrase the “Golden Triangle”, the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation is referring to the successful collaboration of agricultural research/education, industry and government. This collaboration arose in the 19th century. Now that a new mix of public/private collaboration is being sought, the history of the Golden Triangle may be an inspiring example for new collaborations. For this reason, the Library has dedicated an exhibition to the Golden Triangle. The exhibition “The Golden Triangle: Development of the Dutch Agriculture Ltd. in the 19thCentury” opens 3 October in the Reading Room of Special Collections. You can get an impression of the exhibition on the Library’s YouTube channel.

In the 19thcentury, three phases can be distinguished that were important for the development of the Golden Triangle. In the first part of the 19thcentury, agricultural development was the terrain of individuals, gentlemen farmers and ministers such as Jan Kops and professor of botany H.C. van Hall, the founder of the agricultural college in Groningen. In the middle of the 19thcentury, an organised agricultural community developed around and from several private organisations. At this time, the Dutch state is still absent from agricultural policy. In the last quarter of the 19th century, a nation-wide agricultural policy arises from the national government. An important development is the boom in cooperatives with farmers’ associations and the Boerenleenbanken (agricultural cooperative banks).

In the exhibition the history of the Golden Triangle is told using original sources, maps and images from the time.

The exhibition has been designed by Anton Schuurman, Rural History Group at Wageningen University, and Liesbeth Missel, Special Collections, Wageningen UR Library.

3 October 2011 to 24 February 2012, Monday to Friday, 9 am to 5 pm Reading Room of Special Collections Forum (bldg. 102), Droevendaalsesteeg 2, Wageningen

Contact Special Collections/ Liesbeth Missel tel.0317-482701 or 484546


(newsletter 5-2011)