Children of the colony

Open University Heerlen

Oral history from ‘colonies’ in the Netherlands ‘lets other voices be heard too’


Historian Wim de Jong examines how life in South Limburg and Groningen changed as a result of mining and gas extraction.

What is it like to live as a descendant of a South Limburg miner, or as a citizen of Groningen next to gas drilling? Wim de Jong will focus on the impact of mining and gas extraction in the daily lives of local residents.


A three-person project team will conduct interviews with some 30 experts by experience in both provinces.