By Frits van Oostrom
Many imagine they recognize the legends at the back of tulipmania and the legacy of the Dutch East India Tea corporation, yet what easy wisdom of Dutch heritage and tradition might be handed directly to destiny generations? A Key to Dutch heritage and its ensuing evaluation of old highlights, assembled by means of a few experts in session with the Dutch basic public, offers a thought-provoking and well timed answer. The democratic approach at the back of the quantity is akin to the way the Netherlands has succeeded for hundreds of years at collective craftsmanship, and says as a lot concerning the Netherlands as does the end result of the critiques voiced.
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However, the window we want to open has been made evocative by choosing an image of one of the buildings of which Floris V was chief architect – in this case the Binnenhof [Dutch parliament square buildings]. Incidentally, the Muider Castle would, in this case, have been just as good a choice and the site duly recognises this. However, the committee’s preferred icon is the Binnenhof, due to the direct links which can then be made to the way in which the Netherlands is governed today. nu wants to evoke.
Many school libraries have suffered as a result, a development worsened further by tighter budgets. Although we did not conduct any additional research in this area, the signs are not good,54 despite the fact that having enough good books close at hand – no disrespect intended to all public libraries at cycling distance and library buses – can still mean so much to children. nl. 53 Our thanks go out to Theo Witte. 54 One of the saddest incidents we came across was a primary school that felt compelled to hive off its core library, as it had not been brought up to date with the latest spelling rules and had no funds for a new one.
Attention could, for example, be focused on phenomena such as the origin of place and street names, famous local people, local excursions, etc. This may involve “large” topics such as Couperus and The Hague School of painters, which could quite easily be taught to young children in The Hague despite such issues only being part of the curriculum at a later date elsewhere in the country. However, our committee also regards all local perceptions of history and culture as being of great value. For example in the form of antiquities rooms, memorial tablets, courtyards, churches, monuments, ancient trees and even finding out how the SPAR corner shop in the oldest area of Leiderdorp has recreated itself as a mini museum on shopkeeping and corn chandleries.
A Key to Dutch History by Frits van Oostrom