Petition National Oral History Hub offered digitally 7 April 2020

Oral history is of great importance for our contemporary historiography and our cultural heritage. It contributes to identity development and sense of purpose in a rapidly changing time.

 

In the Netherlands, the interest in oral history has been growing for years, but a good supporting national infrastructure is lacking. Material is not properly stored. Existing sources are difficult to access, and knowledge is built up fragmentarily and shared little.

Museums, scientists, schools, heritage organisations and ordinary citizens urgently need a support centre, as has been the case for decades in the US, Canada, England, Scotland and Singapore.

 

BMP is working to make a National Oral History Hub possible. On 7 April 2020 the petition was presented digitally to the OC&W committee of the House of Representatives.

 

The petition can be read here