Het Klokhuis - World Heritage sites in the Netherlands

Broadcast: 10 episodes of the NTR children’s TV programme Het Klokhuis (translation: The Apple Core) (10x15’) Event: The ‘Klokhuis World Heritage Day’ in the Van Nelle factory Rotterdam (one of the world heritage properties) on Saturday March 5th 2016 Online competition: Children were challenged to think about ‘Which alternative site in the Netherlands do you think should become The Klokhuis world heritage site?’ Book: The Klokhuis book on Dutch heritage Website: www.hetklokhuis.nl/werelderfgoed 10 episodes on public Children’s tv channel

1. Mill Network at Kinderdijk-Elshout For centuries the Dutch have fought against water. Mills are a crucial part of their water management system. Without dikes, steam pumping stations and mills, a big part of the Netherlands would be reclaimed by its rivers and the sea.

2. The Ir. D.F. Woudagemaal (Wouda steam pumping station) near Lemmer The Woudasteam pumping station is the biggest steam pumping station in the world. Still in working condition today, it has been operational since 1920 and can pump 4000 m3 water per minute out of the lowlands below sea level.

3. The Rietveld Schröder House in Utrecht The interior and exterior of the Rietveld-Schröderhuis reveals the work of architect and designer Gerrit Rietveld. This unique building is based on the ideals of The Style, an artistic movement which includes famous painters and designers like Mondriaan and Rietveld.

4. Droogmakerij De Beemster (Beemster Polder) at Purmerend How do you make land out of water? What do you have to do to empty a big lake like the Beemster? From a helicopter presenter Bart explains how the Beemster has been divided in more than fifty pieces of land by a strict geometric pattern to make that wonder happen.

5. The Wadden Sea In the north of the Netherlands you will find a truly unique part of nature: the Wadden Sea. During high tide it is one big sea but during low tide the Wadden becomes almost completely dry. It is the biggest compact intertidal system in the world. Because the area is home to numerous animal species such as algae, snails, lobsters, shellfish and worms, the Wadden Sea is a crucial stopover for millions of migratory birds. A lot of them hatch their eggs on one of the Wadden Islands. A lot of fish, crabs and seals give birth to their offspring in the sea, making it a giant natural maternity ward.

6. Defence Line of Amsterdam The Defence Line of Amsterdam is a 135 km long ring of fortifications around Amsterdam, consisting of 42 forts, 4 batteries, dikes, locks and pumping stations. Presenter Maurice discovers how ingeniously the waterline was created to defend the capital city.

7. The Van Nelle factory The Van Nelle factory is an icon of industrial architecture from the beginning of the 20th century. It’s a stunning example of The New Building Style. Presenter Dolores discovers why this factory was meant to be the ‘ideal factory’.

8. Schokland and surroundings Why did Schokland used to be an island? How did the people of Schokland and live why did they have to move? And why are there so many shipwreck signs on the grasslands? Presenter Maurice takes a soil sample with an archaeologist and using ground-penetrating radar they try to unravel other mysteries that the soil keeps.

9. 17thcentury Canal Ring Area of Amsterdam inside the Singelgracht Eight hundred years ago Amsterdam was a swamp. Now it’s a metropolis. The canal ring area of Amsterdam is unique in the world as an urban as well as an architectural work of art. It’s the symbol of the great economic, political and cultural growth of the city in the Golden Age. In this episode is a beautiful sung ode to the Amsterdam canal ring throughout the centuries.

10. The historic area of Willemstad, inner city and harbour, Curaçao The historical harbour and inner city of Willemstad on the Carribean island of Curaçao is a remarkable example of a Dutch colonial trading settlement illustrating the organic growth of a multicultural community over three centuries. Presenter Maurice blends in with the population and discovers why there are so many different cultures on the island.


The ‘Klokhuis Worldheritage Day’ was a huge success: over 6.400 children, parents and grandparents visited the Van Nellefabriek in Rotterdam

isitors got acquainted with the 10 world heritage sites in the Netherlands. Some people got such a taste for it that they also went to see the mill network at Kinderdijk-Elshout after their visit to the Van Nelle factory!

Tasting cockles from the mudflat and Beemster cheese, crafts of the canal houses, making polder mosaics, music and dance from Curaçao and guided tours through the factory - all the activities at the world heritage market were very popular. The special world heritage shuttle bus as well as the regular bus services to the Van Nelle factory could hardly cope with all the people. Children waited patiently in line to get a picture with the Klokhuis presenters. The Cinema room premiered the series, watched by a crowd of excited Klokhuis fans.

Online competition

Stormsurge Barrier Oosterschelde - part of the famous Dutch Delta Works- was announced as ‘Klokhuis Wold heritage property’.

Children could nominate their favorite site to become The Klokhuis World heritage. On the map at the bottom of the page you see al the nominations made.

10 year old Vincent from Aardenburg was announced as the winner of ‘Klokhuis World Heritage Site. He nominated the Stormsurge Barrier Oosterschelde, part of the famous Dutch Delta Works. Vincent comments "I like the Stormvloedkering very much, because it protects the province of Zeeland and part of the province of Noord-Brabant against the sea. I think it is very special that people were able to build it like this.

And of course Het Klokhuis made an extra (11th) episode about our Klokhuis World Heritage Site: Stormsurge Barrier Oosterschelde! And for this occasion, the renowned artist Mohana van den Kroonenberg made a special Klokhuis world heritage plaquette which was installed on site. Book During The Klokhuis Werelderfgoeddag presenter Nienke handed the first copy of The Klokhuis book on Dutch heritage to minister Jet Bussemaker (ministry of OCW: Education, Culture and Science). The children’s book is filled with in depth information about the 10 world heritage sites in the Netherlands.

Please have a look at our website: http://www.hetklokhuis.nl/werelderfgoed

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