Newsletter Sharing Heritage Expertise Online version
Sharing Heritage Expertise No.7 - April 2019
Australian archaeologist Kevin Edwards mapping one of the islands of the Wallabi-group, part of Abrolhos Islands, Australia
Welcome to our April newsletter! Museums and their collections are continually subject to different internal and external threats. Earlier, we wrote about risk management in the context of collection management. In this edition, our long read will focus on the 9-step method developed by the Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands to support professionals with managing indoor climate risks in museums. From museum collections, we move to funerary heritage and to the foundation, a key partner for anyone working with historical cemeteries with a Dutch background, in and outside the Netherlands. Last but not least, we are happy to announce that we have recently produced a short film that provides an overview of the purpose and activities of our Programme and its three themes: Collections, Built Environment and Maritime Archaeology. Happy reading and watching!
Participants of the 2015 workshop in Sri Lanka at the National Gallery in Colombo.
Managing indoor climate risks in museums: the 9-step approach
Museums around the world aim to show their cultural heritage and preserve it for present and future generations. But that is not always an easy task. One of the challenges museums face is dealing with the threats (and the effects) of an incorrect climate. With this in mind, the Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands (RCE) developed a method to support the process of managing indoor climate risks in museums. This risk-based decision-making approach allows practitioners to make informed decisions in a sustainable way. Our feature article explores this method and presents the different instruments that the RCE developed to share this knowledge and make it more accessible.

Read the complete article here
Work in progress in 2017 at the Nieuwe Oranjetuin in Paramaribo, Suriname (photo: René ten Dam).
Meet our Partner, the foundation
The foundation is a key partner for anyone dealing with historical cemeteries or churches with a Dutch background around the world. These sites are excellent examples of shared cultural heritage since they connect past and present, and people across different countries. started in 2001, when René ten Dam and Leon Bok created a website about Dutch historical burial grounds and cemeteries motivated by the limited information available online about this field. Since then, many others have joined their initiative. The website contains today numerous open-access articles, making it an invaluable repository of knowledge. Besides the website, expertise is also shared through other media. Of special mention is the book ‘Buried at the other side of the bay’ published last year on Dutch funerary heritage in Japan between 1609 and 1870. is made up of a wide network of experts whose daily professional work ranges from church history, conservation, funerary archaeology, amongst other fields. Hence the foundation’s range of expertise – both practical and theoretical – is equally wide. has significant experience of developing conservation and management plans, inventories, research and plans for the redevelopment or reuse of historical cemeteries. The foundation offers advice and tailor-made trainings and workshops within these fields of expertise, both in the Netherlands and abroad. In recent years, has provided advice on cemeteries in Indonesia and Japan and, more recently, in Suriname and India. The starting point of the work of is always the involvement of local stakeholders, such as residents, employees and governmental departments. The main goal is the transfer of knowledge towards the sustainable management of cultural heritage. For information or to request advice or training, please contact René ten Dam (
Second phase of the restoration project of Sounding Heritage in Colombo (Sri Lanka) \\ 29 April – 27 May \\ Project organised by the Netherlands Embassy in Colombo with the Christian Reformed Church in Sri Lanka (formerly known as the Dutch Reformed Church), with the support of the RCE \\ In this second phase of the restoration works of Sounding Heritage in Sri Lanka, the pipe organ of the Wolvendaal Church in Colombo, dated to c. 1850, will sound again after years of silence! Elbertse, a Dutch organ building firm, is working together with local people to restore these instruments in a sustainable way.

Russian museum delegation visits the Netherlands in the context of the Rostov Veliky Shared Cultural Heritage project \\ 15 – 19 April \\ Visit facilitated by the Netherlands Embassy in Moscow in collaboration with the Reinwardt Academy, the RCE and several other institutions in the Netherlands \\ Natalia Karovskaya (director of Rostov Kremlin Museum) and Lidia Lobanova (Head of Education and Research Projects at the Polytechnic Museum in Moscow) will visit the Netherlands to exchange knowledge on New Media and Storytelling in relation to a new permanent exhibition on the history of Rostov Veliky and the Dutch fortifications around the historic city. While in the Netherlands, they will give a public talk about the challenges and opportunities they deal with in their work, during the ICOMOS NL lecture evening on 17 April.

Second train-the-trainer workshop at Western Cape Archives, Cape Town (South Africa) \\ 25 – 28 March \\ Workshop organised by SAMA (South African Museums Association), the RCE and the University of Amsterdam (UvA), with the support of the Netherlands Embassy in Pretoria \\ Alexandra van Kleef (RCE) and Bas van Velzen (UvA) delivered the second of a six-part train-the-trainer programme on the conservation of museum collections for professionals in South Africa. This second workshop focused on hands-on-training in conservation of works on paper and it included a session on how to train others. The aim of this programme is to establish a network of museum professionals in South Africa with extensive knowledge of conservation, and to learn from these professionals about South African museum practices.

New intern at the RCE: Iris Volkers \\ February – July \\ Since her Bachelors in European Culture and Literature, Iris has had a special interest in the colonial past and present of Western Europe and the way in which they are dealt with in the cultural sector, the media and society at large. She is currently following the Masters in Heritage and Memory Studies at the University of Amsterdam wherein her main focus is on contested heritage. During her internship at the Shared Cultural Heritage programme, her main task is to support Arjen Kok with the development of the 2019 training ‘Sharing Stories on Contested Histories’, following the first edition in 2018.

Built Environment
Russian delegation visits the Netherlands in the context of the Rostov Veliky Shared Cultural Heritage project \\ 19 – 23 May \\ Visit organised by DutchCulture and the RCE, with the support of the Netherlands Embassy in Moscow \\ Olga Kazakova (city architect), Andrei Baterin (Deputy Director of FISP, a Russian organisation supporting the Rostov Veliky project) and a representative of the Yarolslavl Oblast (region) will come to the Netherlands to discuss with Dutch design experts the redevelopment of the fortifications as a catalyst for the revitalisation of the historic centre of Rostov Veliky.

Second Seminar on Shared Cultural Heritage in Indonesia at TU Delft (the Netherlands) \\ 7 March \\ Organised by the Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) with the Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB), supported by the Netherlands Embassy in Jakarta and the RCE \\ Following an MoU signed in 2018 between the ITB and TU Delft, the Architecture departments of both universities started a Shared Heritage Studio, consisting of three batches. The first and second batches focused on the revitalisation of different precincts in the centre of Bandung. The third batch will focus on the city of Semarang. For each batch, students from Indonesia travel to the Netherlands. In March, students of both universities came together for a seminar focused on heritage-based place-making for inclusive and healthy cities, featuring the Indonesian case studies of Semarang and Bandung. The seminar was given by experts from the RCE, TU Delft and ITB.

New report: ‘Industrial sites along the Yauza river. Past, Present and Future \\ Following an investigation carried out in 2015 within the framework of the Shared Cultural Heritage programme of the RCE, this new report presents the outcomes of the study of past developments, present state and future perspectives of the main industrial sites along the Yauza River in Moscow (Russia). The report provides an insight into the threats and opportunities for their conservation and development, including adaptive re-use. The adaptive re-use of outdated industrial sites as a strategy for conservation is a topical issue in Russian and Dutch cities today.
Maritime Archaeology
Maritime archaeology on the Houtman Abrolhos in Western Australia \\ May \\ Project organised by the RCE together with the University of Western Australia, the West Australian Museum and Flinders University, as part of the ‘Roaring 40s’ project \\ The RCE (Martijn Manders) will participate in a new study on the southern archipelago of the Houtman Abrolhos, the location of the Dutch East India Company’s (VOC) shipwreck ‘Zeewijk’, that sank in 1727. This working phase has two goals: to investigate the claim that another VOC ship (the ‘Aagtekerke’) also sank alongside the ‘Zeewijk’; and to record cultural heritage on the islands, such as possible survival camps of stranded seafarers. In July, the Houtman Abrolhos will be designated as a National Park. The information that has already been collected on the other islands, such as Batavia's Graveyard (Beacon Island) and West and East Wallabi Islands, as well as what is currently being documented, will be used to shape the management plan, which also covers tourism. The information is of added value to visitors and for dealing with sometimes conflicting interests between tourism and heritage management. For the RCE, the data will be complementary to the management of Dutch sovereign ships abroad.
Sharing Heritage Expertise is the newsletter of the Shared Cultural Heritage Programme of the Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands. This programme follows from the International Cultural Policy Framework of the Dutch government. Other organisations executing the national Shared Cultural Heritage Programme are DutchCulture and the National Archives of the Netherlands, and the Embassies of the Netherlands in the 10 partner countries. For more information on their activities, see their respective websites.

For more information, please visit our website (English and Dutch) or contact the editor, Sofia Lovegrove ( We welcome comments and suggestions regarding the content of our newsletter.
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