The Plakkaat van Verlatinge (Dutch Declaration of Independence) will be on display in Museum Prinsenhof Delft from Friday afternoon, February 15, 12.00 up to and including Sunday, February 17. The special document will be given a prominent place in the exhibition Willem van Oranje is here! A special program will be organized for the public this weekend. The loan is unique and rarely leaves the National Archives, but an exception was made for this exhibition.
Declaration of independence
The Plakkaat van Verlatinge from 1581 is the declaration of independence of the Netherlands. In the Eighty Years’ War the Netherlands revolted against the Spanish monarch. In the document, the Spanish King Philip II is no longer recognized as a Lord of the Netherlands.
Top pieces in perspective
On 21 March 2019 the Nationaal Archief will open the exhibition ‘Top Pieces in Perspective’ – from Plakkaat van Verlatinge to abdication, in which fifteen archive items from the collection are displayed. The reason for this exhibition is the election of the Plakkaat van Verlatinge to ‘Het Pronkstuk van Nederland’. The Constitution of Thorbecke, the divorce treaty of Belgium and the Netherlands, the independence declaration of Suriname and the abdication of Queen Beatrix are also shown. All of them valuable documents from Dutch history. What makes these documents so special? How do we view these documents today? And, are they top pieces for everyone? For this exhibition the Plakkaat will get a complete new display in the publicly accessible public center of the Nationaal Archief. Prior to this, this special document can be viewed during a weekend in Museum Prinsenhof Delft.
On Friday evening, February 15, Museum Prinsenhof Delft and the Nationaal Archief will organize a joint lecture on the meaning of the Plaque of Abandoned in the Van der Mandelezaal of the museum. All weekend there are staff from the museum and archive in the room to explain this unique piece. And on Sundays visitors can follow a children’s lecture about our declaration of independence between 8 – 12 years at 3 pm. The activities are free (excluding entrance).