As part of the aspiration to offer full access to the sources on mutual history, the Nationaal Archief has digitized the archives of the First or Old West India Company (OWIC, 1621-1674). The launch of the ‘OWIC online’ took place on the first of the Atlantic Days in Amsterdam 3 November.
The Directors of Arquivo Nacional and the Nationaal Archief, Jaime Antunes da Silva and Martin Berendse have signed an agreement during the International Council on Archives (ICA) in Toledo,
The proclamation of the WIC archives as UNESCO Memory of the World acknowledges its universal historical value. The Nationaal Archief wants to make the WIC era more visible, also to a wider audience. Therefore the Nationaal Archief has created a WIC webexpo, an online exhibition displaying a number of interesting documents from this archive.
In one of the most significant developments for archives at the international level for many years, the General Conference of UNESCO has unanimously endorsed in plenary session on 10 November the Universal Declaration on Archives proposed by the International Council on Archives (ICA). This landmark decision is an important step in improving public understanding of archives. It provides a splendid opportunity to raise still further awareness of archives among the general public and key decision-makers.
The Centre for International Heritage Activities (CIE) has launched a website which benefits the international heritage field: Cultural Heritage Connections. Experts and organisations can find and share information, and connect with other experts and organisations all over the world.
In June 2011 the MCH team visited Brazil to establish a Working Program with Arquivo Nacional (Rio de Janeiro). This Working Program is part of a series, organized by the Nationaal Archief together with each of the priority countries. In Brazil, the MCH team visited the Ministry of Culture, UNESCO, the Brazilian Institute of Museums (IBRAM) and other authorities to discuss possible cooperation.
The Archives Portal Europe (APEnet) will soon enable access to information about the collections of seventeen European national archival institutions from a single point of entry. The Nationaal Archief has participated in the APEnet project from the very beginning.
In April 2011 a short mission from the MCH-team to Ghana was planned.
From March 28th till April 2nd Mr. Roelof Hol, the MCH-program director at the Dutch Nationaal Archief, visited Indonesia. The main reason for this visit was a Conference of the Encompass program.
Nowadays, not many people are aware that for about two centuries the Dutch were closely involved with the Indian subcontinent. The Dutch East India Company (VOC) established trade factories in Malabar, Coromandel, Surat and Bengal.