EurekAlert: Digital disclosure of Dutch East India Company archives by Huygens Institute

EurekAlert: Digital disclosure of Dutch East India Company archives by Huygens Institute. “Together with the VU Amsterdam, the National Archives, the International Institute for Social History and the Humanities Cluster of the Royal Netherlands Academy, the Huygens Institute for History of the Netherlands is building a state-of-the-art scientific infrastructure, enabling a better understanding of colonial history, the Dutch East India Company and the early-modern histories of countries and cultures of the Indian Ocean and Indonesian Archipelago Worlds.”

NL Times: Massive archive of Dutch slavery past published in digital archive

NL Times: Massive archive of Dutch slavery past published in digital archive. “The national archive of the Netherlands launched a virtual archive containing around 1.9 million documents about the Dutch history of slavery. The archives consist of restored material from the West India Company, the commercial slave trader Middelburgse Commercie Compagnie, the Suriname Society and documents about the Dutch occupation of the coast of Guinea. Caretaker education minister Ingrid van Engelshoven launched the archive on Friday. It is mainly comprise slave purchase records, ship logs, plantation lists, cargo overviews and invoices. Personal letters are also included, though they have not been fully investigated.”

Let’s get digital: Museum Week goes online with 400 star objects (DutchNews)

DutchNews: Let’s get digital: Museum Week goes online with 400 star objects. “Some 400 museums in the Netherlands will be showcasing their collections online at this year’s Museum Week, an annual event to promote Dutch museums big and small, which starts on Sunday. This year’s overarching theme is once again that of freedom, referring both to regret at the lack of freedom to come and go among the Rembrandts and the Appels, while at the same time celebrating the efforts museums are making to secure public online access to ‘the true gold’ in their collections.”

The Guardian: Dutch exhibition offers new insight into Berbice slave uprising

The Guardian: Dutch exhibition offers new insight into Berbice slave uprising. “The Dutch national archives are showcasing a unique set of letters sent by the leader of the first organised slave revolt on the American continent to a colonial governor, in which the newly free man proposed to share the land. The offer from the man known as Cuffy, from Kofi – meaning ‘born on Friday’ – is said to provide a new insight into attempts to resist the brutal regimes of the colonial period, often overlooked in histories of enslaved people.”

The Public’s Radio: Museum says not everything glittered in Dutch ‘Golden Age’

The Public’s Radio: Museum says not everything glittered in Dutch ‘Golden Age’. “Not everything glittered in the 17th century when what is now the Netherlands was a mercantile, military and artistic superpower, so a Dutch museum has decided to stop calling that era the ‘Golden Age.’ In a statement this week, Amsterdam Museum curator Tom van der Molen said the term is strongly linked to national pride over prosperity and peace but ‘ignores the many negative sides of the 17th century, such as poverty, war, forced labor and human trafficking.’”

Wired: They mined an Amsterdam river bed for long-lost objects

Wired: They mined an Amsterdam river bed for long-lost objects. “Rivers in cities are unlikely archaeological sites. It is not often that a riverbed, let alone one in the middle of a city, is pumped dry and can be systematically examined. The excavations in the Amstel yielded a deluge of finds, some 700,000 in all: a vast array of objects, some broken, some whole, all jumbled together.”