This year, Dordrecht will extensively reflect on the fact that the 600 years ago that the Saint Elisabeth flood took place. At that flood came the Dordtse (or ‘Size’) Worth standing under water. And although it is not clear how many people died, the death toll is somewhere around two thousand. A huge number for that time.

The disaster is therefore named after Saint Elisabeth. And that was a conscious choice. “Saint Elisabeth is the patron saint of people in need; beggars, refugees, people affected by disaster”, says curator Marianne Eekhout of the Dordrechts Museum.

Until March of this year, the exhibition Elisabeth and the Flood to see. In the sixth episode of the Dagvantoen podcast, Eekhout answers the question of who exactly this Elisabeth was and why the disaster got its name..

The exhibition in the Dordrechts Museum includes the four panels that the inhabitants of Wieldrecht (one of the affected villages at the Elisabeth flood) have donated to Dordrecht. The affected area is shown on it. The life story of Elisabeth is also depicted on it. “It reads like a comic strip”, says Eekhout.

Hoek van Holland is preparing for an anniversary, next year. Then the New Waterway 150 jaar oud. “And without Nieuwe Waterweg there would be no Hook of Holland”, says Henk van der Lugt of the Historical Society Hook of Holland in an extensive conversation.

All kinds of events are planned and the Hoekse harbor days may also return for once.

read more: Rotterdam finally has the long-awaited connection with the sea: the Nieuwe Waterweg

In Uyt den Oude Dhoos we go back to Katwijk in the 1950s, where they then began with careful research into the height of the waves.

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