Unesco-nomination for Colonies of Charity in the province of Drenthe
The Colonies of Benevolence in the province of Drenthe are Wednesday by minister Jet Bussemaker (Culture) nominated for the world Heritage list of Unesco.
The Colonies were the beginning of the nineteenth century for poor people to give the opportunity to build a life on a private piece of land.
The minister made the nomination, by the Netherlands and Flanders together, known in the village of Veenhuizen. Five of the colonies of the layers in what is now the northeast of the Netherlands, two in Belgium. The netherlands has the Colonies, together with Flanders, have been proposed to Unesco. The project was described in the book The Pauperparadijs of Suzanna Jansen, whose own ancestors ‘ roots in one of the colonies.
“The Colonies of Benevolence are an example of the exaltation of the people,” said Bussemaker at the announcement. “The project was in the nineteenth century started to help people their lives back on track, with compulsory education and medical care. But the people also had to work hard and adhere to strict rules. They are a place on the Unesco world Heritage site of worth.”
In 2018, will Unesco consider the nomination. The netherlands already has ten other heritage sites on the list, including the Wadden sea and the canals.