Zuid-Holland heritage policy: promote accessibility as well as conservation

Zuid-Holland has a wealth of listed monuments and other objects of cultural heritage. These range from windmills, country estates and farms to the remains of Roman settlements. The provincial executive board aims to attract swelling visitor numbers to all these sites. Cultureel Erfgoed 2017-2020, the new policy report approved by the executive board on 6 September 2016, has a strong focus on accessibility and education.

Roman Ships Museum

Heritage is owned by us all and should therefore be accessible to us all. One key factor is good physical access. The province also aims to invest in recording and passing on the stories associated with its cultural heritage. It plans to support the Archeon Living Museum in Alphen aan den Rijn with its prospective addition of a Roman Ships Museum to house the excavated ‘Zwammerdam ships'. And the public will be invited to get involved in archaeological digs in major infrastructure projects like the Rijnland Route and the Blankenburg tunnel. Windmill sites will also be developed in terms of green space planning to add to their scenic value.

Listed monuments

The best way to conserve heritage sites for future generations is to give them new contemporary functions. Whenever possible the province stimulates the redesignation of listed monuments and visually prominent buildings. A building that is in active use attracts visitors and can also be better maintained when public resources are scarce. Some successful examples of redesignation are Rotterdam's Fenix warehouses, Ockenburgh estate in The Hague and the Water Towers in Zwijndrecht.

Cultureel Erfgoed 2017-2020

A budget of € 13.07 million per year has been allocated to implement cultural heritage plans for the period 2017-2020. An additional € 3.5 million per year has been earmarked in the current outline agreement (Hoofdlijnenakkoord 2015-2019) for further improvement in terms of the broader narrative of Zuid-Holland history, thus enhancing experiential learning as well as accessibility.