De Sluiting in Kleur

Photo exhibition Rykel ten Kate – Closing of the breach in Colour

Photo exhibition Rykel ten Kate – Closing of the breach in Colour


In 1953, Rykel ten Kate (Sexbierum 13-10-1912, Zierikzee 31-12-1992), had a chemist’s and photography business in Zierikzee. From the night of the disaster until the closing of the final breach in the dyke at Ouwerkerk he took hundreds of photographs and slides.

De Sluiting in Kleur

The final breach

The Watersnoodmuseum shows pictures taken by Ten Kate of the closure of the final breach in the dyke and all the work that preceded it. Many of these were in colour, unique at the time.


Geschilderd vanuit Ouwerkerk

Viewed from Ouwerkerk

Viewed from Ouwerkerk


Drawings and paintings by Jan Meine Jansen

Geschilderd vanuit Ouwerkerk

Jan Meine Jansen

Jan Meine Jansen (Meppel, 1908 – Driebergen, 1994) studied at the Rijks Instituut tot Opleiding van Teekenleraren and the Amsterdam Rijksakademie. In 1953 Meine Jansen travelled to Schouwen-Duiveland to record the ravaged land in works of art. He was able to stay with the mayor of Ouwerkerk, Mr. J. Romeijn. His wanderings over the island resulted in a vast number of sketches and watercolours and once home, he painted larger, more detailed pictures in gouache. The exhibited works are from this period. The sketches show the work involved in closing the breaches; other artworks include the ravaged landscape that appeared as the water subsided.

View of Ouwerkerk

A very special example of Meine Jansen’s work is the painting ‘Zicht op Ouwerkerk’ (View of Ouwerkerk), showing the village of Ouwerkerk still lying in the water. This painting is rendered extra special by the date on which it was done: 6 November 1953, the very day that the final breach in the dyke was closed.


65 gifts – each gift has its own story

’65 gifts – each gift has its own story’


The new exhibition ’65 gifts – each gift has its own story’ can be seen this year in the Watersnoodmuseum.

65 of the most special objects of the museum

Volunteers of the registration workgroup of the Watersnoodmuseum have selected the 65 most special objects from the collection of the museum. One for each year passed since the Flood of 1953. This selection was made out of the many objects the museum has received so far, whether on loan or permanently in its own collection. A lot of these objects belong to people who have been left deeply scarred by the Flood. Various objects also come from the depot and have never been exhibited until now.
A thematic booklet is also available in the museum shop and the web shop, in which the 65 pieces are pictured and described.


‘Objects with a story’

Exposition ‘Objects with a story’


Every year the museum receives many gifts, varying from paintings and drawings to photographs, utensils and dairies.

Objects with a story

A selection of these objects is on display in the Danish Home in caisson 3. The exposition is named ‘Objects with a story, gifts from 2016’. The registration workgroup from the Watersnoodmuseum has curated this temporary exposition.