Neighbourhood C Utrecht

Groepsportret van vijf bewoners uit Wijk C te Utrecht


Number of interviews: 248


In time online and in the reading room


Interviews with residents of Wijk C

In the coming years, with the support of the Mondriaanfonds, a large part of the archive will be digitised, described and published on and The collection will be given on long-term loan to the Utrecht Archive, where the originals will be stored. In addition, the documents will be made available to researchers in the reading room.


Photo: Group portrait of five residents of Wijk C in Utrecht, who all have a nickname:Louis Bronius (‘De Sponzenduiker’), de heer Bontrop (‘De Kruk’), Jacobus Broekman (‘Kobus de Fots’), Johannes van den Oudenalder (‘Hannes de Kokkel’) en Piet A. Roomenburg (‘Piet de Brommert’). Circa 1930.
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Smuggling Museum Cranendonck

Smuggling is of all times, just think of the First and Second World Wars. However, European unification has changed the character of smuggling. Stories from the past and present are shown in the Smuggling Museum. 

Oral history interviews to pick up the stories of (ex-)smugglers and customs officers.

Living with water in Gelderland, past and present

Oral history stories about historical water management

Living with water and drought is not only an issue today but also in the past. What did you do as a farmer if the Slinge flooded? How did estates ensure sufficient water in canals and ponds? How did a copper mill work? What was water management like in the past and today?

Farmers, estate owners, (retired) employees, dike wardens, water board heirs, water millers and stream volunteers told their stories.

Map Tour oral history Living with water:

Since 2016, volunteers from the Oral History Working Group Gelderland have been recording life stories about historical water management in order to make the work of the water authorities (past and present) visible. All kinds of people have been interviewed: a laundry owner, volunteers who maintain streams and springs, estate owners, farmers, millers, people who experienced dike breaches up close. How did they live with water?

This is a special project because these stories have been recorded province-wide for the first time.
All the stories can be read via a map tour on the website of Landschapsbeheer Gelderland.

Operation Open Heart

Article in De Utrechtse Internet Courant (DUIC) – 9/7/2018


Sixty key players have their say on one of the largest and most complicated building projects in Utrecht. The book Twenty years of building the Utrecht railway station area by Ed van Eeden gives a striking insight into the development of the Utrecht railway station area. From Corio to the Jaarbeurs and from architects to civil servants, everyone is covered. This results in a number of controversial stories.

Ed van Eeden

Human memory can sometimes be fallible

In 2002, Utrecht held its first consultative referendum on the future of the Utrecht railway station area. Never before had the people of Utrecht been so directly involved in a subject as then. The City Council accepted the result and then began a tough process of planning and contracting. Meanwhile, time did not stand still. Nowadays, anyone who visits Utrecht can’t help but marvel at the total makeover of the city centre.

Operation Open Heart. Twenty Years of Building the Utrecht Station Area looks back at that time and reveals the dynamic decision-making process that lay behind the changes. Residents, architects, investors, politicians, civil servants and even a former resident of the former junk tunnel under Hoog Catharijne are interviewed. They all speak candidly and explain, from their own perspective, how the station area has fared.

Tales from the Civil Orphanage

Amsterdam Museum
Laura van Hasselt
2009 t/m half September 2018

The Amsterdam Museum is housed in the special building on the Kalverstraat where the orphanage was located between 1578 and 1960. The museum is interested in the stories of Amsterdammers who themselves lived in the orphanage.


Verhalen uit het Burgerweeshuis

Story of Putten

Story of Putten brings the history of Putten, together with the local community, to the attention in an accessible and sustainable way.

You will find the Canon of Putten and other historical stories here. Personal memories. Bicycle and walking routes. Digital exhibitions. And much more.

Landscape management Flevoland

The vision of the settlers and first inhabitants on the landscape and nature of our special province has not been recorded before. Reason enough for Landschapsbeheer Flevoland to turn this into a special volunteer project.


One of the results of this Oral History project is the publication of a book with interview fragments. What did the reclaimed seabed look like? What was the first thing to grow? When and how did animals come to the new land? What is it like to farm on newly drained seabed and what did the young landscape look like? 


As a resident of The Hague, you are part of the city’s history. That is why the Historical Museum of The Hague tells the story of the city together with you. Not only our collection of paintings and objects are important in this respect, but everyday objects also play a part. Think for instance of a pin of your walking club in The Hague or an old cash book of your grandfather’s hat shop. It is important that the objects tell a story about The Hague.

Flevoland’ memory

Flevolands Memory is full of fascinating stories about the youngest province in the Netherlands.

On the website you can read personal stories about the Zuiderzee, the reclamation and life on the new land.
But also about the first stores or the first Sinterklaas parade in the young cities of Almere and Lelystad and the time when Urk was still an island.

Official opening of the road Emmeloord - Urk. First cars on their way to Urk, 1948 (photo by J.U. Potuyt, collection Management of the Wieringermeer).

Storia de nhas Pais

Podcast about the oral history project Storia de nhas Pais (‘The land of my parents’) initiated by Stichting Rotterdam Vertelt (SRV) and the study of the project by Leiden researchers from Night Spaces: Culture, Migration and Integration in Europe (NITE).




Project leader

Davidson Rodrigues








In 2014, young Cape Verdean Rotterdammers conducted interviews with Cape Verdeans who had arrived in the city between 1955 and 1975 and had built an existence there.

In 2021, Maxime Schut, a student of International Studies at Leiden University, studied six interviews from 2014. She also interviewed seven Cape Verdean interviewers on why it was important for them to participate in the project. Thus, a collection of interviews was formed on image and sound, transcribed and sometimes translated.

With the podcast, attention is drawn to this collection and to the history of Cape Verdeans in Rotterdam, but also to the importance of preserving these kinds of stories for future generations.


010nu – First generation Cape Verdeans tell story to Rotterdam Vertelt