18 June International Conference on the Craft of the Miller

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De Zaanse Schans, the Netherlands

The Zaanse Schans is an 18th and 19th centuries residential area with several working historical windmills. 

The Zaanse Schans website


In 2017, the craft of the miller was the Kingdom of the Netherlands’ first inscription on the Representative List of the UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage. However, this craft is not unique to the Netherlands. By organising this conference we aim to bring together wind- and watermill parties from all over the world to share knowledge and skills and develop an international network of millers and mill societies.

Interieur van molen met molenaar die steen slijpt

Costs and registration

Participation in the conference is free of charge. Lunches, dinners and receptions mentioned in the programme are included. Costs for travel to the Netherlands and stay are not included. Deadline for registration is 1 June 2020.

For non-Dutch millers connected to a traditional mill or a millers’ association there is a possibility for partial reimbursement of these costs. Please see the Registration Form.

Zicht op vier molens van de Zaanse Schans

View of The Zaanse Schans

Programme

Insights in safeguarding intangible heritage and the craft of the miller will be presented, combined with practical experiences. The programme of the conference will include a private visit to the Zaanse Schans with its many well-preserved historical windmills. A specific workshop will be organised for countries and millers’ organisations who want to join the Dutch inscription on the Representative List of the UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage.

Thursday 18 June 2020 – extra morning excursion for non-Dutch participants 

9:45 Bus trip from assembly point Zaandam to paper mill De Schoolmeester in Westzaan
10:00

Excursion to paper mill De Schoolmeester in Westzaan. A guided tour in this unique industrial building dating from 1692. The Schoolmeester is the only paper windmill in the world that is still active. This excursion is specially organised for non-Dutch participants who arrive early.

12:30 Bus trip to conference location Kalverliefde
Thursday 18 June 2020 – Conference – Location Kalverliefde
12:30 Bus trip from assembly point Zaandam Station to conference location Kalverliefde
13:00 For all participants: Registration and lunch Kalverringdijk 30, Zaandam (Zaanse Schans)
14:00 Word of welcome by the Chair of the day
Jan van ’t Hof, Head Monuments and Collections Department, Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands, Amersfoort
Introduction of the organising partners:
  • Susan Lammers, General Director Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands, Amersfoort
  • Leo Adriaanse, Director Dutch Centre for Intangible Cultural Heritage, Arnhem
  • Riet de Leeuw, Senior Policy Advisor, on behalf of the Minister of Education, Culture and Science
  • Nico Papineau Salm, Chair Dutch Mill Society, Amsterdam
  • Maarten Dolman, Chair Guild of Traditional Flourmill Millers, IJsselstein
  • Erik Kopp, Chair Guild of Voluntary Millers, Leiden
  • Klaas Toxopeus, Chair Guild of Frisian Millers, Leeuwarden
15:15 Coffee break
15:45 The Craft of the Miller (short film)
UNESCO and the Importance of ICH Safeguarding from an International Perspective
Tim Curtis, Secretary of the 2003 UNESCO Convention on the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH), UNESCO Intangible Heritage Section, Paris, France
Professionally Operating the Sawmill in the 21st Century
Simon Jellema, Miller sawmill De Rat, IJlst, the Netherlands
Introduction to the evening visit to the Zaanse Schans
André Drost, Chair Association De Zaanse Molen and Board Member Foundation The Zaanse Schans
17:00 Dinner
Official Address by Ingrid van Engelshoven, Minister of Education Culture and Science
19:00 Exclusive Excursion Zaanse Schans (after regular opening hours): demonstrations of the Craft of the Miller in several mills
22:00 Bus trip from conference location Kalverliefde tot assembly point Zaandam
Friday 19 June 2020 – Conference – Location Stoomhal, Wormer
9:00 Boat trip from assembly point Zaandam to conference location Stoomhal, Wormer
10:00 Word of welcome by the Chair of the day
Nicole Bakker, Director Dutch Mill Society, Amsterdam
Milling some Numbers! The Craft of the Miller in Quebec (Canada)
Antoine Gauthier, Executive Director Quebec Council for Intangible Heritage (CQPV), Quebec and Martin Trudel, Assistant Miller Saint-Eustache Mill, Saint-Eustache, Canada
Windmills in Poland and the World of Polish Traditional Milling
Filip Tomaszewski, Assistant Professor Institute of Architecture and Urban Planning, Faculty of Civil Engineering Architecture and Environmental Engineering, Lodz University of Technology, Poland
An Overview of Working Mills and Active Milling in Germany
Gundolf Scheweling, Vice President of the German Mill Association, Marienhafe, Germany
Mills and Millers in the Netherlands Now and in the Future
Nicole Bakker, Director Dutch Mill Society, Amsterdam and Erik Kopp, Chair Guild of Voluntary Millers, the Netherlands
Panel Discussion
12:30 Lunch
13:30 Three rounds of workshops:
  • Foundation of a millers’ network
  • How to involve volunteers
  • Safeguarding intangible heritage in the context of the tangible heritage
  • Flourmills management, marketing, hygiene and regulations
  • Safeguarding the craft, education, knowledge transfer, volunteers
  • Joining the UNESCO nomination
  • Promotion and tourism: possibilities, challenges, finances
  • The mill in the museum versus the mill in society
17:30 Drinks and walking dinner at the Stoomhal, Wormer
20:30 Boat trip from conference location Stoomhal, Wormer to assembly point Zaandam
Saturday 20 June – Conference – Location Kalverliefde
9:30 Bus trip from assembly point Zaandam to conference location Kalverliefde
10:00 Registration Dutch millers only attending on Saturday
10:30 Word of welcome by the Chair of the day
Nicole Bakker, Director Dutch Mill Society, Amsterdam
Traditional Milling in the United Kingdom in the 21st Century
Jonathan Cook, Miller, former Chair of the Traditional Cornmillers Guild and the SPAB-Mill Section, Cambridge, England
Safeguarding the Craft of the Miller in Norway: the UNESCO Perspective of Safeguarding the Crafts
Eivind Falk, Managing Director Norwegian Crafts Institute, Lillehammer and Anders Ringebo, Professional Miller, Lillehammer Norway
The Future: International Connecting and Networking
Leo Endedijk, Dutch Mill Society and Erik Kopp, Chair Guild of Voluntary Millers
12:30 Distribution of packed lunches
12:30 Visit Zaanse Schans and Exclusive Preview of the newly opened Mill Museum World of Windmills
Dutch mill colleagues are invited to meet and greet with you while visiting the working mills of the Zaanse Schans together to exchange expertise and practice.

Opportunity for an exclusive preview of the Mill Museum World of Windmills, which opens to the public only after the conference.

15:00 Closing reception
16:00

Bus trip from conference location Kalverliefde to assembly point Zaandam

Further information

The conference and its aim

The aim of the conference is to highlight the importance of the craft of the miller and to exchange knowledge and experiences on how to keep this craft alive in relation to the safeguarding of the historical mill. Moreover, the conference acts as the basis for the creation of an international network of millers, societies and foundations dedicated to maintaining and safeguarding their buildings and the craft itself.

For whom?

The invitation is for all parties and individuals worldwide who take an active interest in the craft of the miller in relation to intangible cultural heritage safeguarding: millers, policymakers, local, regional and national public authorities, and heritage professionals who are interested in the connection between intangible and tangible heritage. Participants are invited to actively participate in workshops. The conference will be held in English.

Thursday 18 and Friday 19 June will be dedicated to international exchange. On the third conference day, Saturday 20 June, the focus will be on the future of the craft of the miller. In the afternoon you are invited to meet and greet with Dutch colleagues while visiting the working mills of the Zaanse Schans.

Organisation

The Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands organises this conference in partnership with the Dutch Centre for Intangible Cultural Heritage, the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, the Dutch Mill Society, the Guild of Traditional Flourmill Millers, the Guild of Voluntary Millers, and the Guild of Frisian Millers.

Please address inquiries to Ms. Carla Jansen carla@marbles-events.nl

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