Exhibitions

Water-Polder-Weerwater exhibition

The special history of the polder, Almere and the Weerwater is told on the basis of photos, design sketches and letters from the collection of the city archives. The exhibition, in Dutch and English, can be seen from July 2022 to 2nd March 2023.

Water-Polder-Weerwater shows step-by-step how land was reclaimed in the waters of the IJsselmeer in the 1960s and how water once again came to lie in the middle of the polder that had just dried up. How do you actually make a polder? And why a lake in the middle of the city? The exhibition also discusses the 'primal forest' and the weather water island on the Floriade site, as well as future developments around the Weerwater. The exhibition also unravels the story why the Weerwater is not called a Central Lake or Placenta.

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The special history of the polder, Almere and the Weerwater is told on the basis of photos, design sketches and letters from the collection of the city archives. The exhibition, in Dutch and English, can be seen from July 2022 to 2nd March 2023.

Water-Polder-Weerwater shows step-by-step how land was reclaimed in the waters of the IJsselmeer in the 1960s and how water once again came to lie in the middle of the polder that had just dried up. How do you actually make a polder? And why a lake in the middle of the city? The exhibition also discusses the 'primal forest' and the weather water island on the Floriade site, as well as future developments around the Weerwater. The exhibition also unravels the story why the Weerwater is not called a Central Lake or Placenta.

Unique design sketches rediscovered During the preparation of Water-Polder-Weerwater , special design sketches by urban planner Teun Koolhaas from 1973 were rediscovered in the archive repository of the city archive. In addition to a large number of sources from the collection of the city archives, the exhibition also shows photos from Het Flevolands Archive, the Delpher newspaper archive, the Bart Hofmeester/AeroCamera archive and Het Nieuwe Instituut.

For whom? Water-Polder-Weerwater  is aimed at residents of Almere who want to know more about the history of their city and at (Floriade) visitors who may not realize that they are on the former seabed of the IJsselmeer. There will be a marking on the wall of the Almere City Archives to indicate how high the water would be without the dike.

Videos and free booklet The exhibition and accompanying brochure (32p) are bilingual (Dutch and English). Two videos with godfather Paul de Maar, policy officer Marijke Kuijpers, urban ecologist Annemiek Eggenhuizen and researcher/artist Krijn Christiaansen will also accompany the exhibition.  

Contact

Address:
Almere City Archives
Stadhuispromenade 2
1315HR Almere
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When

Prices

  • Free
  • Free admission
9 February, 14 February and 8 more days

Contact

Address:
Almere City Archives
Stadhuispromenade 2
1315HR Almere
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