European Heritage Days: Netherlands

 

2014



Photo: R. de Water

Theme

Travelling

Date

13-14 September 2014

Website

www.openmonumentendag.nl

Contact

 

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2013


Theme

Power and Glory

Date

14-15 September 2013

Website

www.openmonumentendag.nl

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2012


 

Theme

Groen van toen

Historic green

Date

8-9 September 2012

Website

www.openmonumentendag.nl

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2011


 

On 5 September 2011 the Dutch European Heritage Days opened the Amsterdam Stock Exchange. The gong ceremony marked the 25th anniversary of the Dutch EHD. Director Edith den Hartigh did sound the opening gong on behalf of the organisation.

Theme

New use - Old buildings

Date

10-11 September 2011

Website

www.openmonumentendag.nl

Contact

 

EHD banner in national language

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This year Open Monumentendag - the Dutch Heritage Day - celebrates its 25th anniversary. This anniversary year is marked with a contemporary theme: Reuse of Historic Buildings. The theme features historic buildings that have been given a new function, a new purpose, a new lease of life. In the weekend of 10 and 11 September 2011, many of these striking and distinctive buildings will open their doors to the public. At a time when the focus is turning to recycling and reuse, the theme Reuse of Historic Buildings has additional relevance. Relocation of production, disaffection with religion and new health and hygiene requirements are just some of the factors that have left many buildings standing empty. It concerns all types of buildings: rural heritage and office blocks, industrial heritage and housing, military heritage and public buildings, and of course religious heritage. Many of these historic buildings have long dominated their villages or towns. They are literally in the centre of town, a church for example, or they provided work for local residents for years. To give them a new purpose maintains the link with history and preserves these historic buildings. Reuse of historic buildings is not something new. Over the centuries, new uses have been found for historical monuments such as weigh houses, warehouses, monasteries and forts after they lost their original purpose. The edifices themselves were preserved and in their new role they have added a new chapter to the story of the place, the neighbourhood or the town.

 


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