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64th IFLA General Conference
Amsterdam, Netherlands, August 16 - August 21, 1998
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Table of Contents

Conference Programme and Proceedings

IFLA Express No. 2 [Acrobat PDF version: 130K]

Pre Seminar Information

Information for Presenters


Honorary Committee IFLA '98

Conference Theme and Subthemes

The Aims of IFLA

IFLA and the Netherlands

Main Sponsors and Supporters

Netherlands Organising Committee

IFLA Conference Grant

Preliminary Programme Summary

Conference Information

Social and Cultural Activities

Accompanying Persons Programme

Travel Information

General Information

Registration & Hotel Reservation

Important Addresses

Accompanying Persons Programme

The following programme has been put together for accompanying persons:

Sunday, August 16

Jewish Amsterdam (1/2 day)
We will start this walking tour at the Jewish Historical Museum, an assembly of four Amsterdam synagogues. We will walk to the beautifully restored Portuguese Israelite synagogue, which we will visit if possible. A not to be missed part of this tour is a visit to a diamond factory.

Monday, August 17

Enkhuizen (Full day)
We will bring you to the Zuyderzee Museum in Enkhuizen. The construction of the barrier dam, the Afsluitdijk, in 1932 turned the open Zuyderzee into an enclosed lake. This led to major changes in the every-day life of people in Enkhuizen. The Zuyderzee Museum consists of an indoor and outdoor museum of which the latter is most fascinating. Unlike many museums, its concept is not of architectural history or folklore, but rather socio-historical in nature. The museum gives an impression of the small fishing villages and the daily life and work around the Zuyderzee during the period 1880 - 1930. A complete setting has been created, including gardens, streets, windmill, polders, farms, etc. The museum contains a total of some one hundred and thirty houses and work places.

Tuesday, August 18

Flower Auction Aalsmeer and The Amsterdam Historic Museum (1/2 day)
The Aalsmeer Auction is one of the world’s largest flower auctions. Apart from showing you more flowers than you have ever seen together, this visit will also introduce you to the course of business of a flower auction. After the visit to the auction the excursion will head for the Amsterdam Historic Museum, located in the city’s former orphanage.

Wednesday, August 19

Delft and The Hague (1/2 day)
A reconnaissance tour of the city, comprising a guided walk along historic sites, modern buildings and the buildings of the Dutch parliament, and a visit to the ‘Panorama Mesdag’, an enormous painted panoramic view of Scheveningen encircling the visitors. The tour will go on with a guided walk through the centre of one of the oldest cities in the Netherlands, Delft, known for its famous pottery. The tour will be concluded with a visit to a factory of Delft Blue porcelain.

Saturday, August 22

Sightseeing Tours
Participants and accompanying persons can choose one of the following sightseeing tours on Saturday, August 22, 1998. Please indicate your choice on the enclosed registration form.

Company visit to Swets and boat tour (full day)
Coaches will depart from Amsterdam at 13.00 for the 25 km drive to Lisse. After a tour of the premises of approximately one hour, delegates will board a large cruise boat for the leisurely return to Amsterdam arriving round 22.00. The route is through typical Dutch countryside, passing windmills, small pitturesque villages and finally the Amsterdam harbour. During the trip there will be Dutch entertainment and a buffet diner. A photograph of the office is on the home page http://www.swets.nl. and a new extension of 7,000 square metres will be completed in 1997. Please note the numbers are limited so early registration is advised.

City Sightseeing Amsterdam (1/2 day)
A most comprehensive tour through 700 years old and new Amsterdam passing many places of interest, such as the 17th century Rembrandt’s house, The Anne Frank house, Stock Exchange, Queens Palace, the former Jewish quarters and the picturesque canals.

Bicycle Tour Through Amsterdam (1/2 day)
Special coloured bicycles are waiting for you! With the bicycle you can reach places which remain inaccessible otherwise. During this tour you will pass many interesting sights such as Anne Frank House, the Rijksmuseum, the New Church, the Skinny Bridge and the Red Light District.

Half Day Excursion To Marken And Volendam (1/2 day)
Through a typical Dutch scenery of green meadows with grazing cattle, passing medieval Monnickendam, we reach one of the few farms where Edam cheese is still made in the old fashioned way. On to Volendam, a picturesque fishermen’s village where the inhabitants still wear traditional costumes with coloured stripes. The next stop is the former Island of Marken. Marken has recently been joined to the mainland by a dike and is famous for its brightly coloured clothing, rare collection of wooden "elevated" houses and age-old traditions.

Gouda and Schoonhoven (Full day)
Schoonhoven, the city of silver. At the clock museum a guided tour through the museum will be organised. After a short walk through the city of Schoonhoven, lunch will be served in a restaurant. After lunch Gouda and ‘Grote St. Janskerk’ will be visited. Guides will give you full details on the famous Gouda Stainglass windows of the ‘Grote St. Janskerk’.

Zaanse Schans, Edam & Monnickendam (1/2 day)
The ‘Zaanse Schans’ is located on the banks of the river Zaan, north of Amsterdam. Here you will find the typical ‘Zaan’ look; green & white painted houses and steep roofs. Seven hundred windmills once stood along the Zaan, but only five remain today. Visit the picturesque medieval town of Edam, which is well known for its cheese. Includes a visit to a cheesefarm and wooden shoe factory.

Kröller Müller Museum And The Loo Palace (Full day)
Located in the middle of the National Park ‘De Hoge Veluwe’ is the Rijksmuseum Kröller Müller, once a privately owned estate of the family Kröller-Müller, which has grown into the largest private collection of the Netherlands. The collection has a high quality of art including a collection of paintings by Vincent van Gogh and works by Picasso, Braque and Mondriaan.

After the Kröller Müller, we visit ‘The Loo Palace’. ‘The Loo Palace’, in the woodland setting of Apeldoorn in the heart of The Netherlands, was built around 1690 for Prince Willem III and Queen Mary, who were also the King and Queen of England. Since 1984 the Palace has served as a museum after a spectacular restoration of the building and the gardens, returning them to their original 17th century state.

Pre- and Post Conference Tours

Pre- and Post Conference Tours of more than one day are available to interested delegates and accompanying persons in The Netherlands and Belgium. Please tick the appropriate box on the registration form and further information will be forwarded to you.