NWO Valorization Dynamic heritage education in The Netherlands

Recent dynamic approaches to heritage have implications for the learning of history. The aim of dynamic heritage education was to stimulate cultural and historical consciousness among youngsters through critical reflection on material and immaterial traces from the past. It aimed to stimulate school students to explain representations of the past from different perspectives, with respect to historical facts. This way, they could gain insight in why groups and individuals through time can experience, articulate and interpret the past differently. This project developed dynamic heritage education around the topic of the transatlantic slave trade and slavery. A design team, supported by an advisory board, developed an educational website (Dutch / English) for students in secondary education (13-15 year olds). Dissemination of this dynamic approach among teachers and education officers took place through newsletters, professional publications and training sessions.

The project was funded by the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO). It received an additional grant from the Foundation for the Remembrance of Slavery 2013.

See the teacher's manual to use the website "Slave trade in the Atlantic world".

Applicant and supervisor: Prof. Maria Grever
Project leader: Dr Stephan Klein

Design Team

  • Dr. Stephan Klein (post-doc Erasmus University)
  • Drs. Gundy van Dijk (Education Officer Tropenmuseum)
  • Drs. Maria Karg-Reinders (Education Officer NiNsee)
  • Drs. Daan Schuijt (History Teacher Fioretticollege, Lisse)
  • Drs. Judith Tadema (History Teacher Bonifatiuscollege, Utrecht)

Advisory Board

  • Prof. Alex van Stipriaan Luïscius (Erasmus University / Curator Tropenmuseum)
  • Dr. Frank Dragtenstein (NiNsee)
  • Dr. Marijke Huisman (Erasmus University / Postdoctoral researcher)
  • Ruth Fisher (Program Manager Understanding Slavery Initiative / National Maritime Museum (UK) / Member of the HISTORIANA Advisory Board (EUROCLIO))


  • Landelijk Expertisecentrum Mens- en Maatschappijvakken (University of Amsterdam)
  • EUROCLIO – European Association of History Educators (The Hague)
  • NiNsee - National Institute for the Study of Dutch Slavery and its Legacy (Amsterdam)
  • Tropenmuseum [Museum of the Tropics] (Amsterdam)

The project is associated with the NWO Programme 'Heritage Education, Plurality of Narratives and Shared Historical Knowledge (2009-2014' (prof. dr. M.C.R. Grever / prof. dr. C.A.M. van Boxtel), Center for Historical Culture, Erasmus University Rotterdam.

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