The Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands

Martijn Manders is maritime and underwater archaeologist working at the Cultural Heritage agency of the Netherlands

The Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands (Rijksdienst voor het Cultureel Erfgoed) is a department of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science. The Cultural Heritage Agency focuses on tangible heritage, in particular built heritage, historical landscapes, archaeology and museum collections. The head office is based in Amersfoort, The Netherlands.

The Shared Cultural Heritage department of the Cultural Heritage Agency supports local experts in partner countries by promoting knowledge exchange and capacity building. The instruments that the Agency uses are training, advice and knowledge products such as handbooks and inventories.

Based on the needs and wants of local experts in partner countries and the available expertise at the Agency, Maritime Archeology, Collections and Built Environment are the three themes in which the Agency operates:

  • Maritime Archaeology. The traces of Shared Cultural Heritage’s maritime history can be found everywhere around the globe. International cooperation and knowledge exchange in the field of maritime heritage are of great importance. The Shared Cultural Heritage Programme enables the Agency to develop and support projects focused on maritime archaeology.
  • Collections. The Netherlands is a worldwide leader when it comes to managing and conserving museum collections. The Agency shares this expertise with professionals in Shared Cultural Heritage partner countries.
  • Built Environment. The spatial legacy of a shared past knows a great variation of appearances. The conservation of these built structures asks for an integral approach. The Agency shares its knowledge and experience on this subject with professionals in the partner countries through training and advice.

Get in touch
If you are interested in collaboration within one of these themes or if you have any questions, please contact Jinna Smit (mail) or Meta Nix André de la Porte (mail).