Our work within the framework of the International Heritage Cooperation Programme can take many forms, depending on the goals of a specific project or activity. Together with partners, we organise network, stakeholder and expert meetings; we create trainings, workshops and co-creation labs; and we develop knowledge outputs, such as handbooks or exhibitions. We also organise and support International Visitors programmes, and provide advise upon request on topics that fall within the scope of our work.


Our activities fall within three main themes under the umbrella of International Heritage Cooperation:

  • Built Environment
  • Collections
  • Maritime Archaeology

We are currently working on the following projects:

Built Environment

Albany exchange Neerbosch | a x n 2022

In February 2022, the Historic Albany Foundation (HAF), Van ’t Lindenhoutmuseum Neerbosch-Nijmegen, and the RCE jointly initiated this international online expert exchange. The three-part exchange, aimed at professionals in built environment, explores development potentials of the Van Ostrande-Radliff House in Albany, New York and Kinderdorp Neerbosch in Nijmegen. Each part of this exchange examines the cases from different angles: area development, adaptive re-use and restoration practices. Taking two heritage sites situated in different contexts, the programme discusses similarity of challenges they face and ways to address them.

On 30 June, the second expert meeting takes place. Join our online public meeting and learn more about the insights the American and Dutch experts gained on adaptive reuse. See our calender for more information.

Rewatch the first expert meeting of February on Roycalcast.

Urban Heritage Strategies (UHS)

UHS aims to develop a better understanding of the complex relationship between urban development and heritage management. A multilateral training course on the social and economic potential of heritage in urban development.

Currently, the UHS-training on the port cities of Casablanca, Alexandria, Istanbul and Amsterdam is taking place. Professionals from the various cities exchange their perspectives on water challenges faced by these cities. In August 2022, they will meet again for the second exchange. 

The UHS-training is organized by the Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies (IHS, Erasmus University Rotterdam) in close cooperation wit the Department of Architectural Engineering of Delft University of Technology and the RCE.


Sharing Stories on Contested Histories

How do contemporary museums deal with the presence of multiple and sometimes opposing views on their collections? How do they allow communities to share their stories with audiences who may have radically different readings of the same historical events? How can they respond to political and cultural concerns to mobilise social change? During the training Sharing Stories on Contested Histories, 24 young professionals from around the world will come together in 2022 to discuss these questions. The RCE jointly organizes this training with the Reinwardt Academy.

Read more about the training Sharing Stories on Contested Histories and how to apply.

Maritime Archaeology

Within the field of Maritime Archaeology, we are currently working on various projects. Please visit the page Maritime Archaeology for more information.