Gas in Beeld (Gas in Vision): stories from Slochteren

Councillor reads aloud

Councillor Adrian Scheidema reads aloud from the time he was a child.


On 23 June 2009, fifty years after the first discovery of the gas bubble in Slochteren in the Netherlands, the pavilion entitled Gas in Beeld: stories from Slochteren was opened to the public in a special celebration at the Fraeylemaborg estate in Slochteren. In the following week, visitors were able to record and remix their personal memories of fifty years of gas with archive images in the pavilion. The results were displayed on a spectacular screen, 15 m in width.

The public opening of the pavilion featured introductory accounts from member of the municipal executive Adrie Scheidema and columnist Herman Sandman. Throughout the week, primary school pupils, residents from the care home for the elderly ’t Olderloug and scouts were able to record their own stories about the gas discovery, ably assisted by library staff. All of the accounts have been included in the archive at the Gas in Beeld website. The website also features more than 150 archive images highlighting fifty years of gas.

• Click here to view all the photographs of the pavilion opening

• Click here to view the feature on Gas in Beeld – stories from Slochteren on the Jeugdjournaal (Children's news) (23 June 2009)

Gas in Beeld – stories from Slochteren was developed as part of the Images for the Future project by Biblionet Groningen and Kennisland (Knowledgeland) in alliance with the Slochteren and Hoogezand-Sappemeer libraries and the Groningen Audiovisual Archive (GAVA).

Meer informatie

Gas in Beeld wordt uitgebreid beschreven in het onderzoekspaper Many Heads is Better Than One, dat geschreven werd voor presentatie op de conferentie Museums and the Web, 2010.