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Newsletter Sharing Heritage Expertise Online version
Sharing Heritage Expertise No.12, July 2020
From L to R: Randall Sasaki (translator), Namihira (resident of the island of Tarama, Japan) & José Schreurs (RCE). Photo taken in 2019 during the Van Bosse project (photo: RCE).
From L to R: Randall Sasaki (translator), Namihira (resident of the island of Tarama, Japan) & José Schreurs (RCE). Photo taken in 2019 during the Van Bosse project (photo: RCE).

Welcome to the Summer edition of our newsletter! After our special COVID-19 issue, we return with a regular newsletter, during a time when for many of us, life is still far from going back to normal. In many countries, the cultural heritage sector has been and will continue to be affected by the current crisis. And more recently, we have witnessed how heritage has become entangled in antiracism protests around the world, stimulating heritage professionals to reflect on their own role and responsibility towards such heritage and society at large. In the meantime, the Shared Cultural Heritage Programme of the Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands (RCE) has been looking together with its partners into avenues for collaboration for the upcoming policy period 2021-2024. On our website, you can find the results of the international brainstorm session and the reporton the subsequent live video discussions in which many of you took part. In this newsletter: the feature article shares how the involvement of younger generations has contributed to the sustainable conservation of sounding heritage in Suriname, and has resulted in a good practice in the context of a collaboration between this country and the Netherlands. Our partner in the spotlight is Schipper Bosch and we finish off with an overview of our recent projects and activities. Good readings and stay safe!
During the demonstration of the “Orgelkids organ” at the RK Choir School in Paramaribo (photo: Stephen Fokké).
Good practice: giving the past a future by involving younger generations
During the demonstration of the “Orgelkidsorgan” at the RK Choir School in Paramaribo (photo: Stephen Fokké). 

This article focuses on a good practice developed during a long-term collaboration between Suriname and the Netherlands, on the sustainable conservation and use of “sounding heritage”. This refers to historical objects such as pipe organs, carillons, and tower clocks, which can be used to play and make music, and to mark the time. Suriname was a colony of the Netherlands until 1975, during which time churches and other buildings were constructed that house many elements of this sounding heritage. The project is in its final stages and has been carried out within the Shared Cultural Heritage programme of the RCE. One practice that has been particularly successful is the focus on the role of young people in the sustainable conservation and use of Suriname’s sounding heritage.

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Workshop participants during fieldwork at Indonesia’s former mint premises in Jakarta, February 2020 (photo: Jacob Gatot Sura).
Meet our partner, Schipper Bosch
Workshop participants during fieldwork at Indonesia’s former mint premises in Jakarta, February 2020 (photo: Jacob Gatot Sura).

Schipper Bosch is a family-owned company committed to projects and research that accelerate the transformation of cities. Its office is situated close to the RCE in Amersfoort and on the site of one of the company’s key projects, De Nieuwe Stad (The New City). This project demonstrates how it is possible to give new impulse to a former industrial area in an adaptable way and without the use of a blueprint. The former Prodent toothpaste factory is the heart of the area and is the last remaining building of the original industrial complex. In 2013, Schipper Bosch bought the factory and searched for collaborations with the municipality, local stakeholders and potential tenants in the city. The buildings were quickly adapted for reuse and accommodated a mix of functions. De Nieuwe Stad became an innovative microcity: a social environment with spaces to work, learn and relax.

This project exemplifies Schipper Bosch’s approach to the adaptive reuse and redevelopment of historical urban areas and buildings. The company often works together with the RCE’s Shared Cultural Heritage programme and regularly receives its international visitors at its office in Amersfoort. As part of this ongoing collaboration, in November 2018, experts from Schipper Bosch presented lectures in Moscow about its work and approach. And last February, they contributed to a workshop on the redevelopment of cultural heritage in Jakarta together with Jean-Paul Corten (RCE). The experts of Schipper Bosch welcome collaborations and sharing their approach with colleagues, governments or other interested parties. For more information, please contact Mendel Robbers, the creative director of Schipper Bosch.
Informative set of cards with sounding heritage (Suriname) // In the fall of 2020, the recently established Vereniging Klinkend Erfgoed Suriname (Association of Sounding Heritage) will produce and make available a pocket-sized set of 25 laminated cards, with photos and concise information about different elements of sounding heritage in Paramaribo and surroundings, aimed at students, tourists and other interested parties. The set of cards will be published through a partnership between Klinkend Erfgoed Suriname, the Stichting Gebouwd Erfgoed Suriname (Surinamese Built Heritage Foundation) and the RCE within the framework of the Shared Cultural Heritage programme, and the collaboration between Suriname and the Netherlands on sounding heritage (see feature article). This publication hopes to contribute to the broader goal of this project to raise awareness for and interest in sounding heritage in Suriname.

Traces of Slavery and Colonial History in the Art Collection of the RCE // The RCE searched its art collection for traces of slavery and colonial history through what started off as a pilot project. The first results were presented in a digital magazine. The next step is to sort out the almost 2,000 objects that were ‘found’ in the collection related to colonial history, and to supplement them with further information. Hence this sub-collection will be made more accessible to researchers and others who are interested. Furthermore, a guide will be developed for smaller museums on how to carry out such a research. This second project is a collaboration with Erfgoed Gelderland and museums in the provinces of Gelderland and Friesland.

Sharing Stories on Contested Histories rescheduled for 2021 // In 2018 and 2019 the RCE and the Reinwardt Academy (RWA) jointly organised the international training Sharing Stories on Contested Histories. This training was motivated by the need to gain more experience and develop working practices on engaging with contested heritage and it explores existing approaches and tools to present contested heritage from multiple perspectives. Due to the impact of COVID-19, the RCE and RWA decided to reschedule the third edition to 2021. Keep an eye on our website for further information on the exact dates and the reopening of the call for applications. In the meantime, you can check this video for an impression of the 2019 training.
Built Environment
UHS Training - Urban Heritage Strategies for World Heritage Cities, Rotterdam (the Netherlands) // 3 August – 14 August 2020 // How to restore vitality to a historic city center? How to use cultural heritage to achieve this goal? And what new impulses and future perspectives can this heritage, in turn, be offered? These questions are the focus of the 6th edition of this summer course, organised by the RCE with Erasmus University Rotterdam and Delft University of Technology. This edition focusses on the world heritage cities of Paramaribo (Suriname), Willemstad (Curaçao), Salvador da Bahia (Brazil) and Sawahlunto (Indonesia). Due to the impact of COVID-19, the course will start with an online element this year, mainly aimed at knowledge transfer. The follow-up will take place in 2021 in Rotterdam, during which the focus will be on practical skills and knowledge exchange. The 20 participants will conclude the course with a strategic plan for their own World Heritage City. For more information and registration, please see the website of IHS.  

Publication of report about workshop on the Historic Urban Landscape (HUL) approach: Safeguarding and rejuvenating the identity of a river city // Banjarmasin’s (Indonesia) historic urban landscape consists of numerous riverside settlements and the city’s authorities aim to preserve and develop this unique water-related identity. This newly published report presents the results of the Workshop HUL Quick Scan Banjarmasin (South Kalimantan) that took place at the end of 2019.

Publication of report about future perspectives for Sawahlunto: Towards a sustainable and attractive place to live, work and recreate // This recently available report presents the results of a study of the development potential of Sawahlunto (Indonesia) towards a sustainable and attractive place to live, work and for recreation. This former mining town and the RCE have a longstanding cooperation, starting in 2004 shortly after the coal mines were closed. This cooperation intensified during the process of world heritage listing of Swahlunto’s coal mining heritage.

Second edition of “Reuse, Redevelop and Design. How the Dutch Deal with Heritage” // With the growing foreign demand for this publication that focuses on how the Netherlands deals with adaptive reuse, and since the first edition sold out, the RCE and publisher NAi-010 published a reprint. In this edition, three recent projects have been added: the former railway workshop in Tilburg, the former monastery complex Mariënhage in Eindhoven and the Amsterdam Burgerweeshuis. The book accompanies the travelling exhibition under the same name. The aim of this Shared Cultural Heritage project is to stimulate a reciprocal debate on adaptive reuse, realising that the Dutch approach is not timeless, but rather changeable and can learn from other approaches. To do so, the RCE uses exhibition and book in combination with workshops and lectures in collaboration with Dutch architects.
Maritime Archaeology
Due to the impact of COVID-19, much of the planned international fieldwork has been postponed or put on hold, and there is much uncertainty regarding when these can take place. One example is the Van Bosse project. In 1857, the Van Bosse ship was transporting cargo from Shanghai to Singapore when it was blown off its course and sank on the reefs that protect the island of Tarama in Japan. The wreck hasn’t been located, but the stories about it are very much alive. The Van Bosse project, led by José Schreurs (RCE), aims to collect stories of the descendants of the survivors of this disaster by using the oral history method. The photograph used in the header of this newsletter was taken last year. This project, like others, has been put on hold for the time being due to restrictions on international travel. Fortunately, there have been many other developments: the RCE released the midterm review of the Maritime Heritage International Programme (in Dutch) in May this year, detailing the progress made in the last three years. Chapter 4 focuses on the projects within the Shared Cultural Heritage programme in the field of maritime archaeology. Furthermore, the team’s data management, communication and capacity building has been receiving extra attention: the Maritime Stepping Stones platform is now filled with more than 1000 wrecks all over the world!
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 (lovegrove.sofia@gmail.com). We welcome comments and suggestions regarding the content of our newsletter.
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