An optional field visit is organised for the afternoon of March 3rd – departing from the venue at 14.00 and returning about 18.00. The trip will be by bicycle. Delegates will be able to register and pay for the field visit at registration.
Leave at 14.00
14.15 – 14.30 arrival at Cruquius gemaal
14.30 – 15.30 tour and demonstration at Cruquius
15.30 – 16.00 Cycling to Fort Vijfhuizen (10 minutes)
16.00 – 17.00 Tour Fort Vijfhuizen
17.00 – 17.30 Drink and small snack at restaurant Fort Vijfhuizen
17.30 – 18.00 Cycling back to the hotel (12 minutes)
Water in the Dutch landscape
On this field trip we will find out how the Dutch created land from water and how they used water as a defensive system. Since the location at which we will experience this is within a short distance from the conference venue, we will go there by bicycle.
Haarlemmermeer, Cruquius pumping station
160 years ago the there was a large lake at the location of the conference venue and where Schiphol Airport is today. During the field trip we will visit the Haarlemmermeer museum, which tells the story of the reclamation of the Haarlemmermeer. The Haarlemmermeer was one of the first polders in the Netherlands where they used steam power for the reclamation. The pumping station Cruquius houses the largest steam engine in the world. We will get a demonstration of this steam engine.
Fort Vijfhuizen, part of the UNESCO World Heritage site Defence line of Amsterdam
The Defence Line of Amsterdam is a 135 km long ring of fortifications around Amsterdam consisting of 42 forts. The purpose of the defence line was to protect Amsterdam in case of enemy attack, by flooding the land with water deep enough to stop the enemy from marching on but too shallow to cross it by boat. At weak points in the ring, fortresses were build. Fort Vijfhuizen is one of these fortresses. Nowadays it has been transformed as an ´Artfort´ and it houses artists and a restaurant.
In connection with the theme of the conference we will pay special attention to how both landmarks are used nowadays to tell the story of the landscape to the public.
Registration for the field trip and payment will take place when delegates register for the conference.