“I'd rather regret the things that I have done than the things that I have not.”
― Lucille Ball

Saturday, October 31, 2015

HEIM museum for industrial history

Entrance of the former "Wilhelmina School".
A couple of months ago I visited the Netherlands, to see my family again after more than a year.

I stayed in Hengelo, near to the German border, with my mother in the industrial city of Hengelo.

I always wanted to visit the HEIM museum, as I am interested in industrial history. See also the series of posts (in Dutch) called "Series Ontmoetingen".

HEIM, aka Hengelo's Educational and Industrial Museum, is an interesting museum for children and adults.

It not only shows the industrial history of Hengelo's native industries, but it also has many original industrial artifacts and has laboratories where you and/or your children can do all kind of technical projects with the help of technical volunteers, usually retired persons from the same industries.

For more information go to their website www.techniekmuseumheim.nl.

Unfortunately they have no English version of the site, but they do have English comments for most of the items on display.

Should you ever visit the Netherlands or are living there and interested in industrial history, it's a must to go there.

Below I have displayed a collection of photo's from my visit in July 2015, divided into 10 categories.

1)  Front side of the Museum, an old Industrial/School Building (on Dutch Industrial Heritage list)

2) Important Industrial Founding Fathers & Managers

Founding Fathers of Heemaf and Hazemeyer.

Charles Theodorus Stork, Founding Father of Stork Industries.

Max Staal, introduced Radar for Military Defense and Civil purposes,
was director of Hollandse Signaalapparaten and
one of the main supporters of HEIM museum.

3) Defense and Electronic Industries ("Hazemeyer Signaalapparatenfabriek", later "Hollandse Signaalapparaten", later Philips, now Thales)

Well known radar dome as used on Navy vessels.
One of the 16 different mechanical principles on display
for rotation, translation and speed  transformation,
as part of mechanical calculators in Radar and Fire Control.

So called Camoide(s) usually made of Brass, used for mechanical calculations,
like mathematical integrations. These are probably made by Dikkers
for Hollandse Signaalapparaten.

1950-1960+ Radar display.

Digital memory for the first Digital Calculator for Radar and Fire Control systems.

The old mechanical-electric telephone exchange of Stork, brand probably Philips.
Is still working, you can try making a call and listen to the relays' rattling sound.

There are many old electric and mechanical gauges and instruments on display.
I still have the middle one analog multimeter in my workshop.

4) Steel Foundry, Steam Engines, Steam Boilers and Combustion Industry & Ship Engines Industry (Stork)

A 6 cylinder steam engine, for display purposes working now on compressed air.

Steam engine motion distribution system for a workshop or factory.

Steam Boiler for a Steam Engine.

5) Textile Industries (HAMFA and others)

HAMFA the first Dutch manufacturer of sewing machines, just after WWII.

Textile cultivation machine.

Textile fabrication/weaving machine.

6) Beer Industry (Hengelosch Bier)

Beer Brewing Kettle, I have been there several times as a high-school student.

7) Brass Casting Industry (Dikkers)

Dikkers was specialized in Bronze Mouldings ...

.. including Gear Wheels.

8) Electrical Switches and Transformers Industry (Hazemeyer)

Isolaters for the Electric Grid Cables. They made much more, like transformers, switches, etc.

9) Electromechanically Equipment Industry (Heemaf)

Part of an Electric Standby system (power backup).

Controls for Standby system

Control system of an Electric Train

Electric Train for Dutch East Indie, electric systems made by Heemaf.

10) Chemical Industry (KNZ, now AkzoNobel)

This photo is not from the museum, but I shot it somewhere in Hengelo.
It is an old Salt pumping station.


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