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Come to the School for Millers

Become a miller's hand at Kinderdijk!

Primary school teacher and you hate boring field trips? Come visit Kinderdijk and learn how to operate a mill from a real miller! Here, you’ll find out everything about the clever technology that makes our mills so useful. How do you manage to use the power of the wind to move water around? Stay curious and come over to find out for yourself!

How do they do that?

How is it that these old Kinderdijk windmills are still able to drain the water from the land? What is the smartest way to use the power of the wind to mill water upwards? What does the inside of a windmill really look like? These are all questions that may just pop up while you stroll through Kinderdijk World Heritage. When you think about it, it’s actually quite amazing that centuries ago,  people were already smart enough to build these machines out of wood and bricks . If you want to find out how all of this stuff actually works, then you should come to Kinderdijk and become a real miller’s helper!

Step into the cloggs of a miller

Step into the cloggs of a miller

Learn the tricks of the trade from a real miller

If you want to become a miller’s helper and discover how to operate a real windmill, then you’re obviously going to have to learn the tricks of the trade. Fortunately, here at Kinderdijk, we have real millers who would love to teach you all there is to know. What is the deal with all these turning wheels, clattering staves, and creaking shafts? And did you know that you can make a whole windmill stop using just one hand? If you’re curious to find out everything about windmills, then come visit Kinderdijk to become a real miller’s helper!

A day at the School of Millers:

An active and educational day out, aimed at pupils of the highest classes of primary school. The group finds it’s own way via a quest. At Blokker Museum Mill a miller welcomes the children in the yard. He takes them back to the 1950’s. The children dress up in real miller’s cloggs and an overall. Using a chest full of windmilly stuff the miller explains all about the mechanics of windmills and life around it.

At the end of their day the children know all about life as a miller. They all receive a certificate Miller’s Hand. Ready for their next step as a Student Miller. Out of their cloggs into their own shoes. Back to nowadays.

Duration of visit 2 to 2,5 hours including quest.
Costs € 2,50 per child.

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