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

Towards A New Age of Partnership (TANAP) (2000-2007)

In 2000, the Nationaal Archief launched the Towards a New Age of Partnership (TANAP) programme with archival services in Indonesia, Sri Lanka, India and South Africa. In the past, the countries involved were all part of the trading empire of the Dutch East India Company (VOC). The participants worked together to preserve archival material and provide access to it.

The main objective of TANAP was to promote international cooperation with regard to proper management of mutual cultural heritage. The programme therefore focused on the conservation, accessibility and availability of the VOC archives in Europe, Africa and Asia. The programme also stimulated the use of VOC archives to study early modern economic and social transformations on these continents. The programme was officially concluded in 2007.