Enchanted Modernities

Visits to the Amsterdam Centre of the Theosophical Society (Adyar) and the Ritman Library

During online registration conference speakers and attendees were offered the opportunity to participate either in a visit to the Amsterdam Centre of the Theosophical Society (Adyar) or to the Ritman Library. All visits will take place on Day 2 of the conference, Thursday 26th September 2013, between 10.00am and 12.30pm and will last approximately an hour. If you registered for the conference and opted to participate in a visit you will have received an email confirmation of your chosen visit and the timed tour group you have been assigned to by email after the close of registration, that information can also be found here:

Library Visit Timed Group Assignments

     The Amsterdam Centre of the Theosophical Society (Adyar) Library

This visit will explore the Theosophical Society Library and take in a small presentation of historical books and some theosophical art objects that will coincide with the visit. Participants will also be introduced to the small public library next door, formally a theosophical temple built for Jiddu Krishnamurti.

The Theosophical Library in Amsterdam was founded in 1898 and is one of the oldest and largest esoteric libraries Netherlands (almost 30,000 books and magazines). The content of the collection is vast. It includes literature in the broad field of theosophy, religion, esoteric and occult sciences. Also genres like mysticism, symbolism and spirituality abound. 

The Ritman Library, Bibliotheca Philosophica Hermetica

During this visit José Bouman (Ritman Library Curator) will take the group through the special exhibition mounted to coincide with the Enchanted Modernities conference and curated by Cis van Heertum and José Bouman of the Ritman Library and Reinhold Fath, a speaker at the Enchanted Modernities conference. The exhibition is entitled Beauty as the imprint of the cosmos, for further details and images visit  the Ritman Library website.

The Ritman Library's collection of manuscripts and printed works in the field of the Hermetic tradition, more specifically the ‘Christian-Hermetic’ tradition. The library holds more than 23,000 volumes: ca. 4,500 manuscripts and printed books before 1800, ca. 17,000 books (primary and secondary sources) printed after 1900, unique archival collections and a collection of prints and engravings.