Shared cultural heritage of merchant seamen

Project Details


This project documents and presents immaterial and material shared cultural heritage of merchant seamen who sailed on Dutch ships, 1600-2000. Based on interviews, and archive and literature research, we compile a series of mini-biographies that reveal the extent to which sailors have determined the international image of the Netherlands, and also which stories Dutch sailors brought back from abroad. Through this project, a large and varied audience will become aware of the GCE of merchant seamen, as we will present our results in an augmented reality installation, a book and an online reference work.
Effective start/end date01/10/202031/12/2020


  • biographical research
  • maritime history
  • social and economic history


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