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 International Heritage Cooperation programme of the Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands aims to stimulate and facilitate the exchange and the joint development of (new) knowledge and expertise in the field of heritage between partners in the Netherlands and in the partner countries, while making the results of this cooperation visible and accessible. The instruments that the Cultural Heritage Agency uses to achieve these goals are trainings, workshops and co-creation labs; network, stakeholder and expert meetings; knowledge products (such as handbooks); and advice.
Within the International Heritage Cooperation programme, priority is given to urgent challenges in which international heritage cooperation offers an added value above national cooperation alone. Projects and activities are developed based on the needs and challenges shared between experts in the Netherlands and in the partner countries, and depend on the available expertise and resources of the Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands. Maritime Archeology, Collections and Built Environment are the three main themes within which the International Heritage Cooperation programme of the Cultural Heritage Agency operates.