Over 2,500 historic photographs of Zuid-Holland online

Over 2,500 digitised glass negatives and 15 historic films of the Province of Zuid-Holland are accessible and reusable via the website ‘Beelden van vroeger’ (‘Images from the past’)

Regional Minister Jeannette Baljeu launched the website ‘Beelden van Vroeger’ on Thursday 19 April. Zuid-Holland presents about 2,500 digitised glass negatives and 15 historic films from its own archives on this interactive website. The digitised negatives from the Forties, Fifties and Sixties have never before been shown publicly on such a large scale.

“I am very happy that we can share these wonderful images with our residents. The images illustrate Zuid-Holland's story and not only show the historic activities of the province, but also how much our province has changed and grown in the last decades”, says Regional Minister Jeannette Baljeu.

Special images

The subjects of the special images vary from Zuid-Holland land- and cityscapes, road construction and State Assemblies to the reconstruction work after the Great Flood in 1953. The province has also digitised a number of old films that recapture the era of the reconstruction period. “The images show how Zuid-Holland lives with and sometimes fights against the water. But also how the cities in Zuid-Holland developed into lively and active areas”, says Regional Minister Baljeu.

Accessible to everyone

The images can be viewed, shared, downloaded and reused by all interested parties. By offering the material in open format, everyone can use these for their own applications, such as websites and apps. Visitors to the website will soon be able to add information to the images, for instance, if they recognise the location or the persons in the photograph. The glass negatives and the old films together form a first selection of material from the provincial archives to be offered as open data, that is to say: without restrictions.