Social Program

Monday 29 July: Opening Lectures and Welcome Party in the 17th Century Town Hall of Maastricht

The Stadhuis is the town hall in the centre of Maastricht in the Netherlands. It is sited on the Markt. The building was designed by Pieter Post in the 17th century in the style of Dutch classicism.

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Tuesday 30 July: Excursion to the monumental Bosch Brewery where the 19th century atmosphere is wonderfully preserved.

Bosch Brewery is the last remaining, fully equipped city brewery in Maastricht. As an industrial heritage site, the brewery’s complex is particularly unique to the Netherlands. For instance, it remains fully intact – with a floor malting plant, a brewery and a brewer's house!

Beer was brewed at this site since 1758. In 1827 the brewery came into ownership of Nicolaas Bosch. He and his descendants transformed the brewery into one of the largest breweries in Maastricht.

When the brewery closed its gates in 1970, the future of the complex was in doubt. In the 1980s, attempts were made to convert the complex into a brewery museum. Unfortunately, this plan failed.

In the meantime, owner Paul Bosch – the last descendant of the Bosch family – carried out the necessary daily maintenance to preserve the buildings, facilities, and brewing attributes for the future. Thanks to Paul’s efforts and perseverance, this unique cultural-historical brewery complex remains preserved.

When visiting today, it is as if time has stood still here!

The five-storey floor malt house, brewery facilities, and brewer's house give visitors a unique insight into ​​how local beer used to be brewed a century ago and how the Maastricht upper-class resided here.

Wednesday 31 July: Conference Dinner on Board of the Jekervallei, over the Meuse River and nearby Canals.

Friday 2 August: Excursion to Liège, Kelmis and Stolberg. Maison de Métallurgie et de l'Industry de Liège, with the first bath tub made of zinc, for Napoleon Bonaparte.

Friday 2 August: Visit to the Museum Vielle Montagne at Kelmis.

Friday 2 August: Visit to Zinkhütterhof at Stolberg