Who we are

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

Heritage care is a public interest, for which the Dutch government also takes responsibility. Our tasks go beyond merely preserving and protecting historical buildings, sites and works of art. Today, society devotes increasing attention to how cultural historical values can be given a place within spatial development plans and projects. Doing so ensures that we can give the future a – recognisable – past.


The Cultural Heritage Agency has two directors. Susan Lammers is our general director, Arjan de Zeeuw is our Knowledge & Advice director. They divide the tasks in mutual coordination, and are supported by a secretariat and an executive secretary & portfolio advisor.

The management can be reached via the secretariat:

Susan Lammers via Charlotte van Bree - T +31 (0)33 421 7212
Arjan de Zeeuw via Sabine van de Walle - T +31 (0)33 421 7221


The Agency has a staff of nearly 350, including specialists in restoration, historical research, chemistry, law, art history, archaeology, urban planning, archiving... the list goes on. They are based at 1 of 3 locations:

  • At our head office in Amersfoort you will find advisors, 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 Rijswijk.
  • In our laboratory in Amsterdam, our scientists work alongside their counterparts at the University of Amsterdam and the world famous 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 contactdetails below for more information on how to reach our different locations.