Special collections in the Netherlands

Published on
June 20, 2006

In 2006 as well, the section ‘Special Collections’ of Wageningen UR Library cooperates with several exhibitions held in the Netherlands through advice and loans.

The Municipal Museum ‘Het Sterkenhuis’ in Bergen memorises 100 years of Bergen at Sea with, among other things, the layouts made for it by the garden architect Leonard Springer.

From 24 June till 5 November the Hilversum Museum has also garden architecture as its theme. “The Garden’s Happiness”, an exhibition with walks and lectures, illustrates how the Dutch Garden developed from a privilege for the rich into something obvious to possess for each citizen.

From 14 October The Loo Palace will organise an exposition on King Lodewijk Napoleon and his court gardens of around 1806-1810. In 2006 is it 200 years ago when Lodewijk Napoleon (1778-1846), brother of Emperor Napoleon became King of Holland.

Museum Dorestad in Wijk bij Duurstede pays attention to the ‘Wijkse Garden Artists at the Dutch and Prussian Courts in the 17th century. Reason for this exhibition is a unique document from the Library’s collection, the manuscript books of models for gardens of several generations of gardeners in the Wijkse family Van Langelaar. The exhibition ‘Works from the Wijks Workshop’ is open from 5 November till 10 December.

The Special Collections reading room is open in the morning from 9.00 - 12.30 a.m. and in the afternoon after appointment, tel. 0317-482701

(Newsletter 4-2006)