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

Shared Cultural Heritage

The Netherlands has a rich history and shares a mutual past with countless countries all over the world. Trade relations, those of de Dutch East India Company (VOC) and the Dutch West India Company (WIC) in particular, along with colonial relations, have left significant traces.

Mutual history

The remnants of the Dutch past are spread across the world. At the same time, a part of the history of other countries is to be found in the Netherlands. The heritage produced by this mutual history is known as Shared Cultural Heritage (SCH). SCH comprises museological, architectural and archaeological heritage and archives.

International collaboration

The Nationaal Archief (Dutch national archives) has a tradition of international collaboration in the area of shared cultural heritage which goes back many years. What is more, it continues to work together with various partners, within the Netherlands and abroad.

The most important programmes and projects which the Nationaal Archief is collaborating on in the field of mutual cultural heritage are: