July 10, 2018

Indonesia: Dutch & Indonesian National Archives renew cooperation

In honour of the renewed cooperation between the NA and the ANRI, a pop-up exhibition opened in the NA on 27 October.

On 27 October the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the National Archives of the Netherlands (NA) and the Arsip Nasional Republik Indonesia (ANRI) was renewed. As a result of the strong historical ties between Indonesia and the Netherlands, the archival collections of the two institutions are related and complementary. The National Archives of both countries have been cooperating for nearly five decades to preserve and present archival collections related to the shared cultural heritage and history of both countries.

Pop-up exhibition
As part of this ceremonial renewal, a temporary (27 October – 4 November 2017) pop-up exhibition called ‘The Birth of the Indonesian Youth Movement’ was opened at the NA by Indonesian Ambassador I Gusti Agung Wesaka Puja. The textual and photographic archives in this exhibition relate to the many nationalist youth and student organisations that arose during the first 30 years of the 20th century. The exhibition showcases the role of these organisations in promoting Indonesian unity and independence from the Netherlands. The opening was attended by Indonesian students from Leiden, Delft, Utrecht and Wageningen. In 2018 the pop-up exhibition will travel to Indonesia.