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

Mutual Cultural Heritage

"Do you have a Tombo on that?" Report on the visit of the MCH-team Nationaal Archief to Sri Lanka

In January 2011 Roelof Hol, Director MCH Nationaal Archief, and Jinna Smit, Project Manager MCH Nationaal Archief, travelled to Colombo to visit the Sri Lanka National Archives (SLNA), the Wolvendaal Church and the Royal Netherlands Embassy.

Tropical box meeting in Rio de Janeiro

In early December 2010 a meeting was hosted at the Arquivo Nacional (the national archives) of Brazil to discuss the possible next phase of the Tropical Box-project. We were given a very warm welcome by the director Jaime Antunes da Silva and by specialist and MCH-contact Vitor Manoel Marques Fonseca.

A wealth of new information for the guide 'Dutch sources on South Asia'

For part three of the series ‘Dutch Sources on South Asia, c. 1600-1825’, named: ‘Archival Guide to Repositories outside The Netherlands’, Lennart Bes of the Nationaal Archief has visited eight repositories in Indonesia, Sri Lanka and India in the period from November 2010 to January 2011. The primary goal was to describe relevant archival material of which no finding aids are available in the Netherlands or exist at all.

Succesful first part of the project 'Training for Conservation Assistant' in Surinam

In November and December 2010 a group of eight Surinam heritage professionals were trained as teacher (or trainer) in preparation of the Training for Conservation Assistant. The Training for Conservation Assistant starts in March 2011 in Paramaribo and will educate in managing different cultural heritage objects or in dealing with risks threatening archival or museum collections.

MCH-meeting in Albany (New York): creating a MCH-portal and opening of New Netherlands Research Center

During the previous MCH-meeting in Paramaribo, in April 2010, the participants from all MCH-countries shared the ambition to create a MCH-portal. This portal should make all MCH-records worldwide accessible through the Internet. The New York State Office of Cultural Education (OCE), represented by Deputy Commissioner Jeffrey Cannell, then offered its assistance in creating a logical model for the MCH-portal and, even more, to host the next MCH-meeting. The MCH-team of the Nationaal Archief accepted this generous offer with great enthusiasm.

Cooperation between National Archives of Indonesia and the Netherlands formalised

An Indonesian delegation, led by the new director-general of the Arsip Nasional Republik Indonesia (ANRI), Mr. M. Asichin, visited the Nationaal Archief on October 11th and 12th. Mr. Asichin was accompanied by Mr. Tasdik Kinanto from the ministry of Administrative Reform and two of his staff members.

Visit from the Federal Archival Agency of the Russian Federation

From 4th till 8th October a Russian Delegates visited some institutions in the Netherlands, among others the Nationaal Archief. The Russian delegation consisted of: Mr. Andrey Artizov, head of the Federal Archival Service; Mr. Andrey Ryahovskiy, director of the Ministry responsible for Archives; Mrs.

English version of Archives Damage Atlas

The year 2007 saw the publication of the Schadeatlas archieven (Archives Damage Atlas) by Metamorfoze, the Netherlands National Programme for the Preservation of Archives of National Importance. This slim volume is intended as an aid for identifying and classifying damage to archive documents. It facilitates the recognition of different types of damage and the identification of the causes of damage and can also serve as a basis for drawing up a conservation plan. In the atlas, 22 types of damage have been listed in five categories, namely damage to the text block and/or binding, chemical damage, mechanical damage, damage caused by vermin and moisture damage. Photographs of the different types of damage have been included making it easier to identify them.

Report of the Workshop Collection Management and Care

The National Archives of the Netherlands held a workshop on Collection Care and management at their national office in The Hague. This workshop was attended by eleven participants coming from various countries with historical linkages with the Netherlands.

Workshop Collection Management and Care

Conservation and restoration have always been dominant themes within the realm of international cooperation of the Nationaal Archief. Although focus has shifted somehow towards digitization and accessibility in recent times, collection management and care stays on the agenda. This is not just because material in good/stable condition is a prerequisite for digitizing, but also because we want to keep our paper heritage safe for future generations.