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175 jaar spoorwegen

Week: 39 | 
22 September 2014 - 28 September 2014

De eerste trein in Nederland rijdt op 20 september 1839 van Amsterdam naar Haarlem. Daarmee bestaan de Nederlandse spoorwegen 175 jaar.

The National Archives receive nomination for the European Museum of the Year Award 2015

The National Archives’ visitor’s centre and the exhibition The Memory Palace have been nominated for the European Museum of the Year Award 2015.

All At Sea: The Prize Papers as a Source for a Global Microhistory

During the 17th, 18th and early 19th centuries, the navies of maritime powers and privately owned fighting ships competed in the race for the spoils of war. Ships that became prizes often carried, besides passengers and cargo, mail that was to be delivered at the ship's destination.

Marens Engelhard new Director Nationaal Archief

As from 1 October 2014 Mr. Marens Engelhard (58) will succeed Martin Berendse as National Archivist of the Netherlands and General Director of the Dutch Nationaal Archief.

The Memory Palace wins Museums + Heritage Award for Excellence

Last night, the exhibition entitled Het geheugenpaleis – met je hoofd in de archieven compiled by the Dutch National Archives won the English Museums + Heritage Awards for Excellence 2014 in London. According to the jury Het geheugenpaleis set a new standard for exhibitions and applauded its innovative character.

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 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 on this website.


Researching your Dutch roots starts at the Centraal Bureau voor Genealogie, the Central Bureau for Genealogy (CBG). The collection of genealogical duplicates (photocopies or microfilms) can be consulted at the CBG, including military records and archives about the colonial history of the Netherlands.

VOC-diary Arnoldus Buchelius transcribed

The collection of the Nationaal Archief in The Hague holds two manuscripts of the scholar Arnoldus Buchelius (1565-1641) – also known as Aernout van Buchel. Recently these documents are carefully transcribed by dr. C.G.M. (Kees) Smit. The manuscripts contain, among other things, information about the Dutch East India Company (Verenigde Oost-Indische Compagnie, VOC) and some on the Dutch West India Company (West-Indische Compagnie, WIC).

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