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DCICC new publisher of MCH newsletter

Since May this year, the Dutch Centre for International Cultural Cooperation (DICC, formerly known as SICA) publishes a newsletter on mutual cultural heritage (MCH). This newsletter replaces the current MCH newsletter of the Nationaal Archief. The DCICC newsletter will keep you informed on the Mutual Cultural Heritage Program, the Netherlands Cultural Heritage Agency and the embassies of the MCH countries. It focuses on archives and on built, archeological, historical and immaterial heritage.

Further research cultural heritage Ghana

In 2007 the Dutch Nationaal Archief published the book: Sources for the Mutual History of Ghana and the Netherlands. An annotated guide to the Dutch archives relating to Ghana and West Africa in the Nationaal Archief, 1593-1960s (Brill, Michel Doortmont en Jinna Smit). The national archives of Ghana, PRAAD, now have requested a sequel to this ‘Ghana guide’; a database giving access to archives on the history of Ghana.

Research information on Dutch group settlement in Brazil

The Mutual Heritage Program (MCH) has commissioned the New Holland Foundation to collect research information in Dutch archival institutions on Dutch group settlement in Brazil from the 19th century onwards. As a result, an online research guide/index (in Dutch) is now available.

Phase 1 Rescue Project Dutch Records in Guyana

The first phase of the project Rescue of Dutch Records in Guyana is finalized. This mutual cultural heritage project focuses on digital accessibility of 20 meters of archives of the Dutch West Indian Company (WIC) of 1620 – 1795 (1810) in Guyana. Phase 1 of this rescue project consisted of a preliminary conservation training for the employees of the National Archives of Guyana, and of preparation for digitization of the WIC archives.

New term for Mutual Cultural Heritage Programme

Due to the successful results of the first Mutual Cultural Heritage Programme (2009-2012), the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs decided to keep on joining forces in the field of international cultural cooperation: a new term for the MCH Programme, from 2013 till 2016, was agreed upon.

Educational preservation project in Surinam successfully completed

The MCH project ‘Cursus behoudsmedewerker Suriname’ initiated and coordinated by Bernadette van Beek, , has been successfully concluded. This two-year program comprised training mainly on preventive preservation for Surinam caretakers and teachers working in the cultural heritage sector. After the course, the trainees were expected not only to know more about preservation but also to grasp the importance of preservation of cultural heritage of Surinam. Involved in this project were several cultural heritage authorities, such as the Nationaal Archief Suriname (NAS), the Dutch Nationaal Archief and the Rijksdienst Cultureel Erfgoed (Netherlands Cultural Heritage Agency).

Presentation Comprehensive Atlas WIC, II

On Friday November 30th the Comprehensive Atlas of the West India Company (WIC) part II will be presented at the Scheepvaart Museum in Amsterdam. This remarkable edition contains 472 pages of almost 800 mostly never published maps and other images. It is the first all comprising overview of maps from Dutch West India in the late 17th and 18th century.

Research accessibility archives of the Netherlands Indies

Among the various archives kept by Arsip Nasional Republik Indonesia (ANRI), the ‘Besluiten van de Gouverneur Generaal,  Nederlands Indiё 1816-1942’ are one of the most consulted Netherlands Indies archives. These documents contain information on important decisions made by the most powerful person in the colony at that time. However, due to the now out-dated finding aids used in those days, accessibility of a significant part of this archive, classified as ‘grote bundel’ is an obstacle. ANRI and the Mutual Cultural Heritage team of the Dutch Nationaal Archief are facilitating research in order to improve access to this hidden treasure.

Documentary Dutch colonial descendants at IDFA

Eline Jongsma and Kel O'Neill, two young Dutch/American filmmakers, have documented the unintended consequences of Dutch colonialism in Asia, Africa and South America. This project - Empire - resulted in a series of documentaries under which the documentary Migrants. Migrants is made under the auspices of the Mutual Cultural Heritage Team of the Dutch Nationaal Archief and financed by the Dutch Ministry of Culture. The Empire project will be presented at the International Documentary Festival Amsterdam (IDFA). Installations will be on view from 16 – 25 November at the Brakke Grond daily from 10:00 AM - 11:00 PM (free admission).

Research guide on shipwrecks online

The Nationaal Archief has published a digital guide on 16th to 18th century shipwrecks. The guide ‘I am looking for information on a shipwreck’ is a tool for archival research on vessels of the Dutch East India and West India Company and the Admiralty, and is now online available.