Participants and lecturers of the workshop collection management in Pretoria, SA.

RCE: Shared Heritage highlights of 2016

The Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands (RCE) is looking back on a successful 2016. An overview of inspiring projects undertaken with many partners.

Museum collections 
This November, following on a Dutch mission to South Africa in 2015, two fully-booked collection management workshops took place in Stellenbosch and Johannesburg. Experts from the Rijksmuseum and RCE organised these workshops together with SAMA (the Museum Association of South Africa) and SAHRA (the South African Heritage Resources Agency). Given the demand for these workshops, the organising parties are now looking into possibilities for setting up a ‘train-the-trainer’ trajectory in the period 2017-2020.

Historical inner cities
Another exciting project this year was the production of the toolkit ‘Digging4Data’, which provides a practical road map for archival research into built heritage in Indonesia. The toolkit is available in Bahasa Indonesia and English. This project was a collaboration between the National Archives of the Netherlands, Arsip Nasional Republik Indonesia, Pusat Dokumentasi Arsitektur, Ikatan Arsitek Indonesia, RCE and Hands On Heritage. 

Maritime archaeology 
RCE, the National Museum of Kyushu, the Tokay University in Tokyo and the University of Okinawa set up a successful collaboration within the field of maritime archaeology. This summer RCE worked with these partners in making a first inventory of the wreck of the ‘Van Bosse’. This Dutch ship was wrecked in 1857 on the coast of the island Tarama. In the coming year the search for the wreck and the story of the ‘Van Bosse’ will continue. 

The Shared Heritage team at RCE is looking forward to a new year in which they will continue to work on the sustainable preservation of shared heritage with all of their partners.