Episode 35: Veenhuizen - the prison villageFirst aired: Thursday, 16 April 2015 at 17.00 hours
Veenhuizen originally formed a peat mining village that is already mentioned in 1381 as Veenhuysen. In 1823 the appearance of the village changed completely when three large asylums for beggars, vagrants and orphans were built.
In this episode Roos is this time in the village of Veenhuizen in the province of Drenthe.
Since 1970 there are no more mentally ill people living in Veenhuizen. The village, however, has still three prisons. Veenhuizen is only freely accessible since 1981. Before that could - in addition to the prisoners - only the prison staff and their families into the village.
There are hundreds of villages in the northern provinces and all of them are worth to get the attention. Not only the villages are worth the attention but also the northern cities. Who will Roos be talking to this time?
On May 18, 1975 the first Prison Museum in Veenhuizen was opened in an old concrete barn on the main road in Veenhuizen. It came about thanks to the passion for collecting and efforts of its founder, Mr. Standhart. Thirty years later, the new National Prison Museum opened its doors in a fully restored coercion founded in 1823. The museum has grown into a professional organization. In 2007, the museum is named best historical museum of the Netherlands.
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