National Archives of the Netherlands (Ministry of Education, Culture and Science)


  • Working Program for Dutch records in Guyana

    Recently the National Archive of Guyana and the Mutual Cultural Heritage team (MCH) of the Dutch Nationaal Archief have signed a so called Working Program on the preservation and use of the Dutch records in Guyana. Guyana still has approximately 7 meters of Dutch archive from the 18th and 19th century; when Guyana had a Dutch-Roman judicial system. Material from this archive is used for the West Indisch Plakkaatboek (rules and regulations of the Directors General of the West India Company) published later this year by the Huygens ING Institute.

  • Colonial archive as subject of research

    Hot from the presses: Colonial Legacy in South East Asia. The Dutch archives. This new annual of Stichting Archiefpublicaties focuses on the colonial archive as subject of research instead of merely mining it as a source of historical information. Archives are not static but constantly changing. Created and molded by actors like governments, organizations, commercial enterprises, churches, families and individuals, the archives are again recreated and reconstructed by archivists and other custodians. It is important to realize this when using the information these archives contain.

  • Review Mutual Cultural Heritage Program

    This year, the first MCH program (2009-2012) will end. Both Dutch authorities responsible for the MCH policy, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and the State Secretary for Education, Culture and Science, have requested a review on the MCH program in order to establish to what extent its political objectives are met.  For this inquiry, a group of 27 individuals involved with MCH have been interviewed.

  • Visit of the Ambassador of Ghana

    On March 30th the Nationaal Archief had the honor to receive Her Excellency Aanaa N. Enin, Ambassador of Ghana. Mrs. Enin was welcomed by Martin Berendse, National Archivist of the Netherlands and Director of Nationaal Archief, and Roelof Hol, Managing Director of the Mutual Cultural Heritage team (MCH) of Nationaal Archief.

  • Cultural heritage management tour Sri Lanka delegation

    From 21 to 24 May, a cultural delegation of Sri Lanka visited the Netherlands. The Sri Lanka government wants to increase its know how on management and commercial exploitation of its cultural heritage. The visit was initiated by the Dutch Embassy in Colombo and organized by SICA Dutch Centre for International Cultural Activities.

  • India revisited: VOC Archives and Indian Dutch Heritage Symposium

    From 9 to 16 April Ms. Jinna Smit and Mr. Roelof Hol of the Dutch Mutual Cultural Heritage Program (MCH), Nationaal Archief, went on a working trip to India. Main purposes of the visit were the assessment of Dutch East India Company (VOC) records, discussing the  exchange of digitized MCH archives, and attending the Indian Dutch Heritage symposium.

  • Taiwanese visitors explore VOC and Formosa

    Tuesday the 28th of February the Nationaal Archief welcomed the Taiwan Minister of Indigenous Affairs: Professor Dr. Sun Ta-chuan. He was accompanied by more than 50 representatives. Among them were the chiefs of the twelve indigenous Taiwan tribes. Also present was a small delegation of the Taipei Representative Office in the Hague. The guests were shown VOC documents on Taiwan. The VOC (Dutch East India Company) traded from Formosa – Taiwan - for roughly forty years. VOC records are important sources for the study of the pre-Chinese history of Taiwan.

  • Indian-Dutch Heritage Symposium in Kochi, 12-13 April 2012

    The Centre for International Heritage Activities (CIE) organizes different meetings to connect experts and professionals active in the field of mutual heritage. On the 12th and 13th of April this year an Indian-Dutch Heritage Symposium takes place. At this symposium, the Nationaal Archief (the National Archives of the Netherlands) will present the results of its efforts to improve the accessibility of Dutch Records on South Asia. These involve not only the VOC records kept in the Tamil Nadu Archives in Chennai, but Dutch sources from the 17th, 18th and early 19th centuries (c. 1600-1825) on South India both inside and outside of the Netherlands as well.

  • Cooperation with Guyana in progress

    Recently the National Archivist of Guyana, Mrs. Nadia Gamel-Carter visited the Netherlands on invitation of the MCH-team at the Nationaal Archief in The Hague. The main goal of the visit was creating a Working Program on cooperation between the National Archives of Guyana (NAG) and the Nationaal Archief.

  • VOC-diary Arnoldus Buchelius transcribed

    The collection of the Nationaal Archief in The Hague holds two manuscripts of the scholar Arnoldus Buchelius (1565-1641) – also known as Aernout van Buchel. Recently these documents have been carefully transcribed by dr. C.G.M. (Kees) Smit. The manuscripts contain, among other things, information about the Dutch East India Company (Verenigde Oost-Indische Compagnie, VOC) and some on the Dutch West India Company (West-Indische Compagnie, WIC).