AIA Spring Tour
North & South Holland and Utrecht
15th - 21st May 2017
6 nights, full board, from GBP 795
This tour is now fully booked
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The Randstad is an area in the central-western Netherlands
consisting primarily of the four largest Dutch cities (Amsterdam,
Rotterdam, The Hague and Utrecht) and their surrounding areas.
We have been approached by a number of people expressing their interest in the tour but saying that transfers by coach to and from London are not useful for them. We have therefore decided to define the tour as starting and finishing at our hotel in Holland and to offer the transfers to and from London as optional extras.
Non-AIA members are most welcome.
Several of the visits listed below are still subject to confirmation. We cannot at this time guarantee that they will all be included but we will make every effort to do so. The order of visits may also change.
Monday 15th May
Members of the group make their own way to our hotel in Sassenheim, roughly half way between The Hague and Amsterdam.
Group members using the optional coach transfer from London assemble early in the day at Victoria station.
Dinner at the hotel.
Evening talk: “The History of Integral water management in Holland”.
Tuesday 16th May
Haarlem area (nr Amsterdam): waterworks, drainage, British technology heritage
Evening talk: “The history and heritage of the Dutch bulb fields”
Rotterdam area: drainage and adaptive reuse of industrial buildings
We will make an early start in the morning with a visit to the Kinderdijk drainage windmill complex which is a UNESCO World Heritage site comprising some 18 windmills. We will have a private boat trip to see inside one of the windmills and a 1924 pumping station.
Then we will take a boat for a cruise from Kinderdijk into Rotterdam passing the 1956 Storm surge barrier Krimpen, the former waterworks of Rotterdam, its modern skyline and many bridges like the 1927 railway lift bridge De Hef, a scheduled monument. Lunch will be provided on board.
After lunch we will visit the RDM campus. This former shipyard is now home to a range of exciting private-sector, education and research initiatives. In the heart of the port area – but still surprisingly close to the city centre – they work on a range of innovations that will contribute to a ‘smarter port’. This is complemented by a wide array of business and cultural events.
There should also be time to include a short walk to see the Maas Silo Creative factory. Built in 1906 as a Grain silo it was the largest concrete building in Europe at the time.
We will end our visits this day on board the S.S. Rotterdam. Launched in 1958 she was perhaps the last of the great transatlantic liners but after a refit for cruising continued in service until 2000. There will be a chance to visit the engine room and drinks will be served in the Ocean Bar.
Dinner at the hotel
Evening talk: “The industrial heritage of the Zaan District” by Jur Kingma.
Thursday 18th May
Zaan Area (nr Amsterdam): windmills, adaptive reuse of industrial buildings, British technology heritage
The first visit is to Hembrug, the site of the former Dutch ordnance works. The site is in the process of redevelopment and conversion for re-use. We will hear an introduction by the project director, Bas Boeker, and then have a walking tour of the site with volunteers from the Ordnance museum.
On Friday morning we will visit the Van der Lee Ropeworks and the 16th Century ropery at Oudewater
Lunch will be at Cereolfabriek in Utrecht. Formerly a linseed oil mill and later a cattle fodder mill, it has been restored for other uses through community activity. It lies on the 1885 Merwede canal (the New Amsterdam – Rhine connection) and there is a lock and draw bridge also of that date. Also it is possible to see the 1904 Muntsluis (lock) with double bascule bridge. Nearby are the Royal Mint (building of 1910) with a swing bridge made in 1887 at the Prins van Oranje foundry. The swing bridge has been recently restored and we plan to include a walk around some of these features.
After lunch we will participate in a joint Anglo-Dutch seminar with the theme of adaptive reuse of industrial buildings. Topics may include:
At the end of the afternoon there will be a closing reception or ‘borrel’ as it is known in Dutch.
Dinner at the hotel
Saturday 20th May
Noordzeekanaal area (nr Amsterdam): adaptive reuse of industrial sites, steam railway, British technology heritage
We begin our day with a visit to the NDSM former shipyard, the vast buildings now being used for ‘creative hotpots’ and we can take a look at the tower crane now used as a B&B.
On our way from there we will pass the former German Schnellbootbunker which was built in 1944 and has 2 MTB pens. Then part of the German Atlantic Wall it is now in use as an offshore supply base. It is a very rare example of adaptive reuse of a German bunker as an industrial site.
We may also see an 1878 cast iron light house although it is not now accessible.
In the evening we will have a farewell dinner.
Sunday 21st May
The tour ends after breakfast at our hotel.
Group members using the optional coach transfer to London depart after breakfast.
We will be led by Jur Kingma. Jur is a member of the Association and of the Newcomen Society and will be known to many of you. He will be assisted by Fred Versfelt (Histechnica) and Giel van Hooff (FIEN). We will also be led by local English speaking guides at a number of the sites. We have attempted to secure guides who will give us information at a level suited to the knowledge and experience of the group but this is not guaranteed.
We will be staying in a modern, 4* hotel in Sassenheim in the province of South Holland, roughly half-way between The Hague and Amsterdam. All rooms are en-suite. Sassenheim is in the bulb field area.
Travel during the tour will be by luxury, air-conditioned coach. All site visits will include some walking which may include stairs and ramps may not be available.
PASSPORTS, VISAS & IMMIGRATION
All participants must carry a valid passport for travel in the European Union.
The cost of the trip is £795 per person sharing with a single supplement of £200. The supplement represents the additional cost applied by the hotel for single occupation of a double room. The cost includes:
For this unique and very full itinerary we believe the price represents excellent value for money.
CANCELLATION CHARGES, HEALTH & INSURANCE
Please note that cancellation charges will apply from 20th March 2017 and, although these will be modified to the extent that costs are not actually incurred, you are strongly advised to insure against the need to cancel and to cover medical treatment and repatriation charges in the event of illness etc. Participants who do not have travel insurance must nevertheless accept full responsibility for these eventualities.
To get state-provided healthcare in Europe you will need a current EHIC which you can obtain free online at http://www.ehic.org.uk/ or by phone: 0300 3301350. If you already have an EHIC you should check the date as they expire after 5 years.
If you do not already have travel insurance then you may like to contact Avanti Travel Insurance, who specialise in providing cover tailored for those with pre-existing medical conditions and with no upper age limit. For both single-trip and annual policies, quote reference “Heritage of Industry” for a competitive quote. Website: http://www.avantitravelinsurance.co.uk Email: email@example.com Telephone: 0800 888 6195
Booking and management of this tour has been entrusted to Heritage of Industry Ltd which is run by Bill Barksfield. Bill is Overseas Tour organiser on the AIA Council and will accompany the tour.
Bookings will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis, subject to space availability. Booking is subject to a minimum of 40 people. Book as soon as possible and by 20th March 2017 to ensure a place but please feel free to enquire after that date if a place is still available.
We will contact you as soon as possible to confirm the booking and, in due course, to issue an invoice for the balance of the price. A non-refundable deposit of £75 per person is required on booking. Bookings can be made definite only when the booking details and deposit are received and accepted in writing by Heritage of Industry Ltd. The company's standard terms and conditions apply.
The balance of the price is to be paid to Heritage of Industry Ltd on presentation of the invoice.
All monies paid to Heritage of Industry Ltd will be held, in accordance with government regulations**, in a customer protection account until the tour is complete so that your money is safe no matter what happens.
Payment should be made by electronic banking, full details are shown on the booking form. Please send an email note when you have made payment. If you are unable to use electronic banking then please send a sterling cheque drawn on a UK bank. There is no extra charge for using cheques at present.
This tour is now fully booked
To join the waiting list for possible cancellations please email as below.
Enquiries about this tour should be directed to:
Heritage of Industry Ltd, The Gables, 20 Main Road, East Hagbourne OX11 9LN
Tel/Fax: +44 1235 352275
** The Package Travel, Package Holidays and Package Tours Regulations 1992 (SI 1992 No. 3288)