The special year of 2018 ended in a celebratory manner. We were granted subsidies from both the VSB Fund and the Prince Bernhard Culture Fund for the completion of the touch screen table project and on Boxing Day both big and small enjoyed a story with tea. We could not have imagined a better year ending.

In mid January the KNHM predicate `kern met pit` was presented to us by the King´s Commissioner, Mrs Jetta Klijnsma. We all earned this by working very hard for a year. The accompanying cheque for the museum was also very welcome.


New monitors

We were surprised this month by the Univé foundation called For Each Other. The foundation asked its members which charity it wanted to help with a gift. The Jeurink family contacted the museum and a request was submitted for two display screens with USB and headphones. We are very grateful for this gift, which offers the public a more dynamic presentation and more information.

Fifteen children enjoyed a morning in Museum De Duikelaar on 24th October.

In a home-made tent in an exhibition hall. Willy Smid told the story of the boys who had lived hidden under the church floor, where they made resistance news sheets. The children then searched the museum for an example of the news sheet. They wrote a poem and made lovely drawing with a “real artist.” At the end of the morning they left happily with a home-made news sheet. The children’s’ programme was a great success which we will certainly be repeating.

Special collaboration between artist Alexander Ambroze and Museum de Duikelaar.

Neigbour/artist Alexander Ambroze participated for the first time in the Art Route Hoogeveen. The Duikelaar had made a place for Entarte Art During WWII with, amongst others, Hassidic prints by Hendrik Werkman. Werkman was a publisher/graphic artist and belonged to the Groninge artists’ group De Ploeg. A few days before the end of the war, he was arrested and shot to death in the woods near Bakkeveen.

 Werkman’s prints and the works of Alexander Ambroze complemented each other beautifully. A visit to Amroze’s studio began naturally with the prints of Werkman, following which the move from the museum to the Kunstroute was almost automatic. It was a surprising and inspiring collaboration between the artist and the musuem.

 From the guestbook: Very nice museum. Impressed by Alexander Ambroze, fine explanations and more understanding of modern art.


August was a month full of activities in the museum. On the first of August the Zuidwolde Farm Cycle Tour visited the museum and on the 30th the cyclists of “Pedal, Snack and Visit” stopped by at the museum. Since in the last case the museum was also a card stamping point, the school yard was smartened up by volunteers and various activities were organised. Meanwhile we have quietly exceeded the number of 2,000 visitors.

Committee changes.

Due to conflicting committee functions and local council activities, Jan van der Sleen has decided to resign as secretary of museum de Duikelaar. He continues to esteem the museum highly and will continue to provide various ways of serving it. Petra Aarts has replaced him as secretary.

Visit from the King´s Commissioner.

The King´s Commissioner , Mrs Jetta Klijnsma, visited Museum de Duikelaar on 23rd June, 2018. She had the full team of governors inform her on the aims and goals of the museum. She was impressed by what had been achieved in a short space of time and by the many tales of people in hiding. As a historian, she appreciated the importance of preserving and passing on history. When the Duikelaar Kids came along and introduced themselves, she discussed the history of the village with them and what we can learn of it for the future,

Her advice at the end of her visit was, “please continue telling this story! “

Model of Johannes Post’s farmhouse.

On Friday 15th June a model of the old farmhouse of Johannes Post was presented to the museum by Jan Abbing of Dalen. The building of the model was no easy job, since the farmhouse burned to the ground in 1948 and only an unclear photo of the house remained. Fortunately, Trijneke Post, the oldest daughter, was able to provide instructions. Son, Gerard Post, revealed the model in the company of his youngest sister, Hermien, Jan abbing and a number of others. The model has provisionally been given a place in the exhibition “Never show anyone the door”.

Annual Market

On Saturday 9th June the museum had, for the first time, its own stall at the annual market. By selling watering cans with the sticker “let the Duikelaar grow” and, among other items, cupcakes from the Duikelaar Kids , we are now a step closer to being able to buy a touch screen table.

Yad Vashem certificate

On 3rd May the governors of the Duikelaar museum were surprised by the presentation of the original Yad Vashem certificate by the village of Nieuwlande. The governors of Local Interest Nieuwlande found the museum the right place for the certificate.