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10th World Vegetarian Congress 1938

Hurdals Verk, Norway

From The Vegetarian Messenger, (Manchester) : April 1938:

As announced in our issue of last month, the tenth triennial Congress of the International Vegetarian Union will be held in Norway from the 10th to the 17th July. A very cordial invitation is extended to all who are interested in the movement to attend the Congress, and it is hoped that, apart from official delegates from The Vegetarian Society and the London Vegetarian Society, there will he a good representative gathering from the British Isles. On previous occasions members have arranged their summer holidays to coincide with the Congress period, and we hope that all who can will support our Norwegian friends in their efforts to make the Congress a huge success. If the party from Great Britain is not fewer than 10 it will be possible to arrange for a reduction of 15% on the return steamship fare.

On July 9th and 10th, visitors will arrive at Oslo. After a formal opening, in the University of Oslo, on Monday, July 11th, all proceedings in connection with the Congress will be at Hurdals Verk, 40 miles north of Oslo. Hurdals Verk is on the banks of the Hurdal Lake and lies in a charming valley surrounded by thickly wooded mountains.
Arrangements for visitors to attend the Congress must he made direct with Mr. Frank Wyatt, 6 Duke Street, Adelphi, London, W.C.2, who has undertaken to book accommodation, and from whom full particulars may be obtained.


From The Vegetarian News (London), several issues during early 1938:

From The Vegetarian News (London), May 1938:


As announced elsewhere, the tenth triennial congress of the International Vegetarian Union - to which national societies in many European countries, including the Vegetarian Society and the London Vegetarian Society, are affiliated - will be held in Norway from July 10th to 17th. Not only the official delegates, but visitors also, are cordially invited to attend and it is hoped a good representation from Great Britain may be included. Apart from this exceptional opportunity of meeting with many prominent from the Continent, there will also be good facilities for sight-seeing, and many may like to arrange their summer holidays accordingly. All enquiries should be addressed to Dr. H. J. Rögler, Rosenkrantzgt. 10, Oslo, Norway.

From The Vegetarian News (London), June 1938:


ARRANGEMENTS for the tenth triennial Congress of the International Vegetarian Union, to which the Vegetarian Society, the London Vegetarian Society and other national societies throughout Europe are affiliated, are now complete. By invitation of the Norwegian Vegetarian Union, led by its founder and secretary, Dr. H. J. Rögler, this year's Congress will take place at Oslo and Hurdals Verk. At this last - a favourite place for congresses - the main portion of this year's International Vegetarian Congress will be held, accommodation for the visitors being found either at Hurdals Verk itself (see illustration in advertisement section of this month's magazine or else in farmhouses nearby. Visitors from all countries are invited to attend, and it is greatly hoped that a good contingent from Great Britain will find it possible to be present.

Various routes to Norway are possible, and that suggested for visitors from this country is as follows. The party will leave Newcastle (by s.s. "Venus "), at 8 p.m. on Thursday, July 7th, arriving at Bergen at 5 p.m. on Friday, July 8th. The night will be spent in Bergen, and at 9.30 next morning the party will take train, by a route famous throughout the world for its truly magnificent mountain scenery, to Oslo, arriving there at 8.30 p.m. From the time of arrival at Oslo, arrangements for the accommodation and comfort of visitors wiil be in the hands of the Congress Committee, the programme commencing with a reception for delegates and visitors in the Festival Hall of Oslo University at 10 a.m. on Sunday, July 10th. At 5 o'clock that afternoon departure will be made by motor-bus to Hurdals Verk, where the main sessions of the Congress are to be held, speakers there on succeeding days including Professor Johannes Ude, Mr. Peter Freeman, Herr Werner Zimmermann, Professor Johan Almkvist (Stockholm) and Professor John Hughes (California). Apart from opportunity for shorter excursions, the party will on Saturday, July 16th, journey (for whole day, by steamer, on Norway's largest lake) to Lillehammer, at which place is situated Norway's most important national museum. Next day (Sunday, July 17th) return will be made to Oslo, in time to accept the kind invitation of Dr. and Mrs. Rögler to visit them at their home at Hvalstad, and on the following morning the Congress will disperse.

Altogether, this is a most interesting programme, and it is requested that those proposing to participate shall notify the Secretary of the London Vegetarian Society without delay. Both he and Mrs. Wyatt will accompany the party from London. It is difficult to fix a precise figure for each as regards cost, but this should be in the neighbourhood of eighteen pounds. If, as is hoped, the party should be sufficiently numerous, it will be possible for reduction in fares to be made. F.W.