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Zuid Holland, The Netherlands
Organisation: The Brussels Map Circle
The Members of the Brussels Map Circle have the opportunity to visit the large private HEK collection in the Netherlands.
Hans Kok will be our guide. Hans is a long time Member of our Circle. He is also Chairman of the Executive Committee of IMCoS (The International Map Collectors’ Society, based in London). He completed his initial professional training as a commercial pilot in 1959, also holding a long-range navigator`s licence. After joining KLM – Royal Dutch Airlines, he has been flying in world-wide operations until his retirement in1996 as Commander on Boeing 747-400. He was also charged with a great number of managerial tasks during that period, both abroad and in the Netherlands. As commander on the last intercontinental airliner with piston engines and propellers (DC-7c), where celestial navigation and other — now superseded — techniques were still of essence, his interest in maps and charts has developed out of necessity. Hans was also a captivating speaker in many Brussels Map Circle Study Sessions and Conferences.
The program starts at 14.00 after lunch in the village it will include 17th century atlases,  maps and some associated items like octant, compass, sextant, copperplates, etc.
After the visit we’ll have a friendly drink in a place, still to be decided.

Access by train and bus from Belgium
Time schedule: SNCB Europe / NMBS Europe. No train service is available to the village but there exist frequent bus services from Schiphol Airport, from Leiden Central Station and from Haarlem Train Station; these run several times an hour. Detailed information will be made available to the participants of the visit at a later time.
Access by car
By car from Brussels: 210 km. Parking available across the street. Estimated travel time from Brussels: 2.30 h to 3.00 h max.
Restaurant for lunch
We propose to meet not later than 12.00 for a 15 minute walk to the restaurant. At 14.00 departure from the restaurant for the visit. Restaurant expenses are borne by each participant. Estimated budget: EUR 30.00 without drinks. To be paid on site.
Brasserie for an after-drink
We propose to meet after the visit for a drink; details are still to be decided.
Other recommended visits
In case you plan to spend more time in the area of the Hague, Leiden or Haarlem, boat tours, city walks or excellent museums could attract you. There are two museums in the village proper, one on bulb growing and one modern art (Andy Warhol etc.), both interesting. The Leiden and Haarlem and the Hague museums are more prestigious. Amsterdam is 35 km away with the Rijksmuseum presenting a Rembrandt exhibition, celebrating the painter's birth in 1619.
The venue locations addresses, contact telephone numbers, etc. will be communicated to the participants in due time due to security considerations.
Participation fee
Free for Members | accompanying persons EUR 20.00.
IBAN BE52 0682 4754 2209 | BIC: GKCCBEBB
If you would like to join this guided tour please register here.

Time schedule: 14.00 - 17.00

Tervuren, Belgium
Organisation: The Brussels Map Circle
Provisional programme
  • 10.00 – 10.30 - Welcome visitors with coffee
  • 10.30 – 12.30 - Lectures by Prof. Em. Elri Liebenberg and Prof. Dr. Imre Demhardt - Both these distinguished academics, long-term members of our Circle, will bring a broad introduction to the mapping of this fascinating continent.
  • 12.30 – 14.30 - Lunch in the Museum Bistro (optional and paying)
  • 14.30 – 17.00 - Presentation of a selection of maps from the collection of the Museum by Wulf Bodenstein (volunteer curator of this collection, author of Kaarten van Afrika / Cartes géographiques d’Afrique, 2017) - This viewing of the maps will take place in alternating groups, to ensure good visibility of the maps to all. While waiting their turn to see the maps, participants are free to visit the newly refurbished museum at their leisure, as they will be given a free entrance ticket to the museum for the day.
Venue: Royal Museum for Central Africa Leuvensesteenweg 13, 3080 Tervuren, Belgium
Time schedule: 10.00 - 17.00

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