Who we are

The Cultural Heritage Agency (RCE) is the Netherlands' centre of expertise for heritage. It is an executive body of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science. 


The RCE has two directors. Susan Lammers is our general director and Arjan de Zeeuw serves as our Knowledge & Advice director. They divide their tasks in mutual consultation.

Susan Lammers, general director

  • Monuments, movable heritage, collections
  • Grants, permits, directives
  • Communications, legal affairs, operations
  • Locations: Amersfoort, Amersfoort Vathorst and Amsterdam

Arjan de Zeeuw, Knowledge & Advice director

  • Landscape, archaeology, heritage and environment, Environment and Planning Act
  • Data/digital infrastructure/ICT
  • Portfolio/knowledge programmes
  • Locations: Amersfoort and Lelystad

The management can be reached via RCE-Directiesecretariaat@cultureelerfgoed.nl


The RCE has a staff of about 350, including specialists in restoration, historical research, chemistry, law, art history, archaeology, urban planning, archiving, etcetera.

  • At our head office in Amersfoort you will find advisers, researchers, and policy staff, as well as communications and information experts. There is also a large library which is open to the public.
  • The extensive State Art Collection is managed from CC NL in Amersfoort Vathorst.
  • In our laboratory in Amsterdam, our scientists work alongside their counterparts of the University of Amsterdam and the Rijksmuseum. They undertake research to ensure that objects of art and design, books, archival documents and other objects of historical value can be preserved for posterity.

See our contact details for more information on how to reach our different locations. 


In a number of heritage domains, RCE employees are associated with universities as (endowed) professors:

  • D.J. (Dirk) de Vries, professor of Heritage and the History of Construction, Faculty of Archaeology, Leiden University
  • K.J. (Klaas Jan) van den Berg, professor of Chemical Aspects of the Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Heritage, with an emphasis on painting, Faculty of Humanities, University of Amsterdam
  • D.J. (Hans) Huisman, professor of Geoarchaeology and Archaeometry, Faculty of Arts, University of Groningen
  • G. (Gabri) van Tussenbroek, professor of Urban identity and monuments, in particular of the Dutch building history, Faculty of Humanities, University of Amsterdam
  • M.R. (Martijn) Manders, endowed professor of Underwater Archaeology and Maritime Cultural Heritage Management, Faculty of Archaeology, Leiden University
  • J.E. (Jaap Evert) Abrahamse, endowed professor City, cultural landscape and heritage, Stad, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

  • B. (Bert) Groenewoudt, professor by special appointment in Ecological Landscape History at the Faculty of Arts of the University of Groningen