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Exhibition WW II Aerial Photographs Then and Now

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23 februari 2010

Until 17 September 2010, Wageningen UR Library is presenting the exhibition WW II Aerial Photographs Then and Now in the Forum building in Wageningen. The exhibition focuses on the Library’s collection of World War II aerial photographs taken by the Allied Forces.

This collection, one of the Library’s unique special collections, contains approximately 94,000 World War II aerial photographs taken by the Allied Forces during the liberation of the Netherlands between 1944 and 1945. Thanks to a grant from the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport, these photographs are being digitally scanned as part of the Legacy of War Programme.

The exhibition shows how the allies interpreted the photographs during 1939-1945, especially the aerial photographs of Wageningen and its surroundings, from the Grebbeberg to Operation Market Garden. The exhibition also illustrates the current post-war value of the collection in studying soil, land use, archaeology, landscape, and cultural history. The aerial photographs are also used to detect unexploded bombs, explosives, and other dangers.

The exhibition is in the Special Collections department in the Forum building in Wageningen.

On 28 April at 3:30 pm, the Library is holding lectures (in Dutch) on the photographs. The public is welcome to join the lectures in room C217 in the Forum Building.

(newsletter 2-2010)