The Craft of the Miller: International Conference

From 18-20 June 2020 the Dutch Centre for Intangible Cultural Heritage will be co-organiser of an international Conference on The Craft of the Miller. The conference is free of charge and mill- and miller organisations are especially invited, alongside NGOs responsible for the implementation of the 2003 UNESCO Convention on the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage.


In 2017, the craft of the miller was the Kingdom of the Netherlands’ first inscription on the Representative List of the UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage. One of the aims of this inscription was and is to promote international cooperation and exchange. By organising this conference we aim to bring together mill and millerorganisations from all over the world to share knowledge and skills and develop an international network of millers and mill societies. Also the accredited NGOs to this Convention are invited to attend this conference. The craft of the miller is a fine example of safeguarding the crafts in general, that may set an example to other crafts also. A specific workshop will be organised for countries and millers’ organisations who want to join the Dutch inscription on the Representative List of the UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage. Among others, there will be presentations by Tim Curtis, Secretary of the Convention, Antoine Gauthier, Executive Director Quebec Council for Intangible Heritage (CQPV), Quebec, and Eivind Falk, Managing Director Norwegian Crafts Institute, Lillehammer.

Venue: De Zaanse Schans, the Netherlands, 18 June 2020 - 20 June 2020


Participation in the conference is free of charge. Lunches, dinners and receptions mentioned in the programme are included. Costs for travel to the Netherlands and stay are not included. Deadline for registration is 1 June 2020.

For non-Dutch millers connected to a traditional mill or a millers’ association there is a possibility for partial reimbursement of these costs. 

More information about the conference you can find on the website


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