From September 2 till September 7 2001, The XIIe Colloquium of the Academie Internationale d’Héraldique took place in Groningen, The Netherlands, with the theme ‘Regional Heraldry’. The organisation consisted of members of the ‘Consulentschap voor Heraldiek in de Provincie Groningen’. This body is a foundation, which promotes heraldry in the broadest possible sense.
After investigating the financial viability for organizing a colloquium, the search for a suitable location for the meeting, and establishing a theme, the ‘Consulentschap’ has honoured the request of the president of the Académie. From then on, together the members have committed themselves to making this colloquium a success.
Thanks to sponsors and subsidizing institutions, the organisation financially remained totally within the budget.
The choice, to use the building of the Freemasons Lodge in Groningen, close to the city-centre, proved to be beneficial.
The Convention Bureau has saved the organisation a lot of work, co-ordinating the hotel reservations. The house-style, specially designed for the correspondence of the meetings, has given the organisation a professional appearance.
The response to the first mailing already was a success. We owe many thanks to our German- and Austrian colleagues, who provided us with the addresses of possible participants. Experience has taught us, however, that there is a great difference between immediate application and actual presence.
Remarkably, and regrettably, the willingness to give a lecture is sometimes not followed up and the speaker/lecturer, without any indication of a reason, does not turn up at all.
As well as the lectures, I gladly recall to mind the hospitable receptions: at the exhibitions in the Groninger Museum and the Groninger Archives, the reception by the (then-) Cultural Deputy, Mrs. Drs. Miriam De Meijer in the Provinciehuis.
During the excursions to the church of Midwolde, the Borg Verhildersum (lunch) and the Borg Menkema (tea), our guests could enjoy to their heartﾒs content the heraldry and other beauties of the Groninger Ommelanden countryside.
The members of the Consulentschap look back to a colloquium, which they have organised with much pleasure. This book, with the texts from the lectures, is the conclusion of it all. May it receive a favourable reception.
Ir. Anders Daae
Chairman of the Consulentschap