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Waterschei Planning Archive
The collection of about 6,000 drawings from the André Dumont Mine in Waterschei, held at the National Archives Office in Hasselt, represents just a small fraction of the mine’s old holdings.
These drawings were removed from the ‘living’ plan holdings in the mid 1980s by the planning office; for the time being, the remainder are kept at the Mining Museum in Beringen. The collection at the National Archives consists mostly of designs from the first phase of the mine’s development, including plans for streets and residential areas as well as draft designs and plans for the main building and for structures that were transferred or sold to other agencies. The archive also holds plans for projects that were either terminated or removed, including camps for prisoners of war and their subsequent re-development, housing and facilities outside the residential area. The level of planning detail safeguarded at the André Dumont Mine is probably best illustrated in over 380 designs that were drawn for the construction and design of the managing director’s villa and grounds. In addition to construction plans, the design office was also responsible for a wide range of printed matter, such as diplomas, safety posters, programs for fairs, etc. This sub-collection not only provides a detailed record of initial ideas and surviving buildings, but also of a large number of structures and installations that have since disappeared or that remained a ‘colonial’ dream. BvD