The World’s oldest working Planetarium


Else Eisinga was born in a small Frisian village in 1744. He worked from early age on the the wool combing business of his father and he became himself a true master of this craft, and even won an international prize in 1820. That is not why he is still well known however. His self-study … Read more » “The World’s oldest working Planetarium”

Centuries of Jewish European History


Cemeteries are like an open history book. One of the oldest cemeteries in The Netherlands, leaving aside churches as places of burial, is the Portuguese Jewish cemetery at Ouderkerk aan de Amstel, a village close to Amsterdam. The cemetery dates from 1614, when two Jewish communities from Amsterdam purchased a farmstead on which stood a … Read more » “Centuries of Jewish European History”

Theatrum Mundi


The first European book with pictures and text as methodology for education was written by Jan Amos Comenius (Komenský in Czech, 1592-1670). With this book he sought to champion for world peace through education by combining visualization and texts. The title of the book, orbis sensualium pictus, means the visible world. By the time of publication in 1658, ten years after … Read more » “Theatrum Mundi”

Ancient Theatre and Society


Architectural development and buildings are the best witnesses of (political) history and development of societies. Dictatorships, revolutions, monarchies and republican city-states left their marks. Although theatres rarely topples governments or incites in such direct action, like in Brussels in 1830, the theatre shifts attitudes, articulates discontent and reflects the (political and social)) mood of a nation. Internet and social … Read more » “Ancient Theatre and Society”

The Eternal Virtual city


The legacy of ancient Rome has fuelled imaginations for generations with the desire to reconstruct not only the events and spaces of the eternal city but also to recapture the essence of the city at its height. Emperor August championed Rome as the symbolic representation of his power and that of the empire he ruled. … Read more » “The Eternal Virtual city”