Province of Zuid-Holland takes further steps in the digitisation of cultural heritage

In 2018 and 2019, the Province will invest €150.000 in the digital accessibility of cultural heritage collections in Zuid-Holland, to promote knowledge sharing.

The Digitisation Cultural Heritage programme will start on 1 January 2018. All cultural heritage institutions with a collection have a great need of more basic knowledge on digitising their collection. Together with the Prince Bernhard Culture Fund department Zuid-Holland and the Cultural Heritage House Zuid-Holland, the Province plans to encourage cultural heritage institutions to unlock their collection digitally. The digitisation project consists of three programme parts that support, professionalise and promote the digital availability of cultural heritage collections.

Theme Funds Digitisation Cultural Heritage Collections Zuid-Holland

On 1 January 2018, the Theme Funds Digitisation Cultural Heritage Collections Zuid-Holland will be established. This theme fund is being co-financed and managed by the Prince Bernhard Culture Fund department Zuid-Holland. The fund challenges people to make new connections with groups of people who would normally not be so familiar with the institution. Applications for financial support for projects can be made four times per year. There are four application time slots and these close on 1 January 2018, on 15 March 2018, on 15 June 2018 and 15 September 2018 respectively.  Apply here.

Support centre for the digitisation of cultural heritage collections

Commissioned by the Province, the Cultural Heritage House Zuid-Holland is organising a support centre for cultural heritage institutions. The support centre is meant to increase the basic knowledge on digitisation and to promote the sharing thereof. In 2018 and 2019, various trainings and services will be offered to support staff and volunteers of cultural heritage institutions in the area of digitising their collection or collections.  More information at www.erfgoedhuis-zh or email

Accessibility of cultural heritage collections

To make Zuid-Hollands’ cultural heritage collections accessible to the public, they are linked to the digital platform of the Canon of The Netherlands and the Canon of Zuid-Holland, in which local and regional themes have been added. Participation in the website is free, on condition that the data become available via the collection registration system.

The Provincial programme Transparent and Open Province (TOP) supports other initiatives regarding the digitisation of the cultural heritage as well.

The Province wants to collaborate on the protection of cultural heritage, and make it fit to be experienced and used, to give it a valuable future. Digitisation is a good example. By unlocking cultural heritage collections digitally, and making them accessible to the public, our cultural heritage will remain preserved for the future as well.