RTC 2013 Europe is excited to use a number of different historic venues within Delft to house our conference from Friday 27 to Saturday 28 September 2013.

Delft, with over seven hundred and fifty years of history in the arts, trade and science, presents an ideal setting to network and exchange ideas for our inaugural European event. It is a beautiful, unspoiled small city with canals weaving through medieval and renaissance architecture. It is famous for its blue and white pottery which is still hand made in the pottery factory, 'de Porceleyne Fles'. Delft is minutes away by tram to Den Hague and approximately 30 minutes by train to Amsterdam's Schipol Airport.

Visitors to Delft can now find the answers to "what to do in Delft" on the free 'Discover Delft' smart phone app. This app provides all the information you need about things to see and do in Delft including places of interest, restaurants, shopping, parking and an up to date what's on calendar. The free app is available in Dutch and English in the App Store and Android Market.

Conference venue locations

The three historical locations where conference activities will occur are The Prinsenhof ("Court of the Prince"), the Waalse Kerk (Walloon Church) and Meisjeshuis (a former girls' orphanage). Each of these conference locations are within easy walking distance of each other and you will enjoy walking by the canals graced by many small arched bridges.

Waalse Kerk

The Walloon Church (Waalse Kerk) was part of the convent, St. Agatha, which later became the home of William of Orange. In 1414, this convent acquired the right to own its own chapel and cemetery, and the first chapel was probably built between 1430 and 1480. In 1585, the chapel was converted as a church for the Walloon Reformed congregation, and because French was its official language it also became known as the French Church or the Eglise Wallonne.

The organ in the church was built by Christian Müller, who also made the famous organ in the St.Bavo Church in Haarlem. The fine acoustics of the Walloon Church make the place a perfect venue for the Plenary session.


The breakout sessions will be held at the Meisjeshuis, this monumental building is located on one of the most attractive canals in Delft. The original building on the current site of Meisjeshuis dates back to 1390 when it was a nurses' home for the care of the sick and infirm. In 1577, it was converted to an orphanage for girls. Between 1767 and 1769, the old building was torn down and rebuilt. After the Second World War, the orphanage was moved and finally in 1954 it was sold to the city council of Delft and was used for various purposes until 2000. It is now owned by the Meisjeshuis Society and has undergone a restoration to be used as function centre. This historic building also has a beautiful, very old tree in the garden that is very well known in Delft.

Van der Mandelezaal (Prinsenhof)

The Prinsenhof was built in the Middle Ages as a convent but then served as an urban palace for William of Orange (1533-1584) who was the main leader of the Dutch revolt for religious freedom against the Spanish. It is now a museum that tells his story and chronicles this turbulent period through a selection of 17th century paintings. The museum also manages an extensive collection of 17th century art and handcrafts through which it tells the story of Delft as a typical Dutch City in the Golden Age. The Van der Mandelezaal is a beautiful enclosed courtyard, offering a glass roof and glass wall, showing the Waalske Kerk next door. This will be the home of the RTC 2013 Europe exhibition, including catering for attendees.

Social Functions

Welcome Function – Thursday 26 September - Lambert van Meerten

The conference will commence with a Welcome Function held in the historic Lambert van Meerten on Thursday 26 September. Museum Lambert van Meerten is situated in a beautiful building alongside the canals on the street called 'Oude Delft' and is actually a private museum that is closed to the public. The museum shows a collection of artefacts that was brought together by the rich industrial and art collector Lambert van Meerten. Several antique building fragments have been integrated into the Neo-renaissance interior of the house. Besides the large tile collection, Chinese and Japanese porcelain, glass, furniture, wood carvings and paintings are on display. This is the locations for our Welcome Function on the Thursday evening where attendees get to network within this magnificent atmosphere. We are excited to showcase this stunning venue during our Welcome Function.

Friday evening function – Friday 27 September - Stadsherberg de Mol

To relax and have a break from the conference program, join us for a Medieval Dinner on the Friday evening. At Stadsherberg de Mol you will find yourself 5 centuries back in time when you enter the massive wooden doorway. Whilst chickens run around the restaurant, the servants dressed in Medieval clothing and pouring genuine "Delftse Kuyt Beer". As a Medieval custom, you will eat the meal with your ten commandments, nowadays known as your fingers, whilst dining heartily by candle light!

* It is possible to hire a Medieval Costume, consisting of a multicoloured Smock and a matching velvet Beret for only €5 per person.

Gala Dinner – Saturday 28 September – The Lindenhof

The conference will go out in style at The Lindenhof. A 3 course meal will be enjoyed in this rustic building, built around 1880 for the staff of the nearby Yeast Factories. The monumental building served as a cultural centre and is located in the Agenta Park designed by the famous architect Zocher (including the Vondelpark in Amsterdam). The Lindenhof takes its place on the monument list thanks to the interior design, the authentic Theatre Hall and the beautiful murals. Attendees are offered a memorable experience to wrap up the inaugural European event.

Photo source:
© Delft Image Bank

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