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The experience gate is made possible through the support of:

    Bas van Lanen
    G. van Harrewijen
    J. Bes
    Deelgemeente Kralingen-Crooswijk
    Stichting H.M.A. Schadee-fonds
    J.E. Jurriaanse Stichting
    Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds
    G. Ph. Verhagen-Stichting
    Stichting Organisatie Effectenhandelaren Rotterdam
    G.C. van Nieuwenhuizen

Experience fence


De Ster and De Lelie are in a busy recreation area in the middle of Rotterdam. As a result visitors to the area consider the mills as a familiar landmark. However, far from all recreationists are aware of the great historical value of the mill complex. Although the mills regularly in operation and open to the public, many people know little of the mills.

To to explain the cultural and historical values of the mills to more people even when the mills are not opened, panels are placed that provide more information about the history and context of the mill complex and the trade what was practiced in the mill complex.


The experience fence

The panels are place on the fence between De Lelie and restaurant De Tuin. Each panel highlights a separate topic about the history, construction and trade. All panels are shown in the slideshow below.

Information leaflet

In addition to the panels, there is also an educational leaflet designed to encourage residents, tourists and students to look at the mills. In this way young and old people can playfully learn more about the history of the mills and the production process.

The leaflet can be viewed completely on this link and the answers to the questions van be found here (dutch).

Made possible by ...

The panels have been created on the initiative of SO-Studio and the foundation in cooperation with the City of Rotterdam and various funds. The design of the panels was made by SO-Studio and the texts are written by Bas van Lanen.

The presentation

The panels are unveiled on December 14 by Manuel Kneepkens, poet, publicist and former councilor for the Stadspartij. The presentation started with a short welcome by Sander van Lanen whereafter Manuel Kneepkens explained in a short speech the historical connection between Rotterdam and the tobacco industry. At its peak in the mid-19th century, more than one third of the Rotterdam workforce was employed in the tobacco industry. De Ster and De Lelie together with the Karottenfabriek behind De Lelie and restaurant De Tuin as the former residence is one of the few tangible reminders of this period and therefore it is important to treat the complex respectfully. Therefore he also regretted that the Karottenfabriek is being so neglected. Although the experience fence is a valuable addition to bring the history of the mills and the tobacco industry into attention it would have been even better when in addition also a exposition was established in the Karottenfabriek. Mr. Kneepkens concluded his speech with a poem after which the fence has been unveiled. Pictures of the disclosure can be seen at this link. The picture are made by Aad van Strien and Nico Kemp.