The National Archives of the Netherlands (Nationaal Archief), which is situated in The Hague, holds over 3.5 million records that have been created by the central government, organisations and individuals and are of national significance. Many records relate to the colonial and trading history of the Netherlands in the period from 1600 to 1975. The Dutch presence in countries in North and South America, Africa and Asia is reflected within these collections.
Within the Shared Cultural Heritage programme, the goals of the National Archives are:
- Expanding the National Archives’ international cooperation to stimulate international and interdisciplinary (historical) research.
- Improving and enlarging the accessibility of Shared Cultural Heritage archives by the digitisation and online publication of relevant collections from the Netherlands and the partner countries.
- Increasing the visibility and awareness of shared heritage/history through digitisation of Shared Cultural Heritage archives, which is further underpinned by the National Archives’ national and international public programmes.
- Advising and supporting Dutch and international heritage professionals and organisations in the field of restoration, conservation and the digitisation of their (Shared Cultural Heritage) archives.