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Marinus Plantema Foundation


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About Marinus Plantema Foundation
Financial grants
Criteria & conditions
Privacy Statement

Supported activities

Heritage in Transition
Research Study on Raden Ajeng Kartini
VOC National Archives


Testimony - by Simon Kemper
Testimony - by Bagus Gede Krishna
Testimony - by Brigitta Isabella
Testimony - by Astuti Pitarini
Testimony - by Mira Asriningtyas

For further information please contact
Robert J.Quarles van Ufford,
the Secretary of the Foundation:

Jan van Gilselaan 4
2102 CX Heemstede
The Netherlands

E info@marinusplantemafoundation.nl




VOC National Archives


The National Archives inspires and encourages the government to collect and manage their data in a smart and sustainable manner. They use specialist knowledge and inventive technology to integrate all data into the National Archives. Not only today, but also tomorrow and in the distant future. The National Archives is accessible to everyone who wants to do research and organizes exhibitions, educational programs and a cultural program. The exhibitions  and educational programs will only be made possible by various foundations and other donors.

The National Archives preserves 1.2 km of VOC archives. But VOC archives can also be found in Jakarta, Cape Town, Colombo and Chennai. The more than 25 million pages of information form a major source of 17th and 18th century history for dozens of countries in Asia and southern Africa. It is for this reason that the complete VOC archives were added to UNESCO's Memory of the World Register in 2003. The VOC archives contain a wealth of information and have served as a unique source for research for many years. The National Archives brings this remarkable material together for the first time in a single exhibition The world of the Dutch East India Company. Visitors are taken on a voyage past two hundred years of history of unique maps, ships' logs, letters and drawings.

The VOC is a household name in The Netherlands and beyond, but besides arousing a sense of pride it also evokes negative emotions when it comes to acknowledging slavery and oppression. In contrast to the success story of what has been called the world's first ever multinational company, there are also stories of looting, violence, heinous acts and oppression.
The National Archives is very grateful to the Marinus Plantema Foundation for their financial support of the current exhibition The world of the Dutch East India Company.