Shared Cultural Heritage News February 2016
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News February 2016

This newsletter is produced by DutchCulture in close cooperation with the Cultural Heritage Agency and the National Archives of the Netherlands. It highlights activities of the Shared Cultural Heritage Programme.
Father and son in Kota Tua, Jakarta. Part of series Heritage in Transition by Isabelle Boon
New Projects Awarded Matching Fund 
Fifteen new projects will receive a contribution from DutchCulture’s Shared Cultural Heritage Matching Fund. Noteworthy for this round of applications was the variety – not only of partnerships and countries but also of activities.
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map of the Southern Continent (1767)
Australia: Dirk Hartog Year in Full Swing
This year, Australia and the Netherlands are celebrating the 400th anniversary of VOC Captain Dirk Hartog’s landing on West-Australia. Highlights so far have been the opening at Sydney Festival, the launch of a website about Australia’s discovery along with a toolbox for history educators, and the digitisation of historic Dutch-Australian newspapers.
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Revealing the information plaque at the Dutch Cemetery in Nagasaki, Japan.
Japan: Restored Dutch Cemetery in Nagasaki
The much-needed restoration work at the Dutch cemetery of Goshinji Temple in Nagasaki, Japan, has been completed. An information plaque was installed near the cemetery, as there never had been any explanation about the Dutch graves until now.
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Imagined bird's-eye view of Deshim's layout and structures
Japan: Shared Heritage Report Gets Second Edition
A second edition of the report ‘Shared Cultural Heritage of the Netherlands and Japan’ has come out. This report gives an overview of shared heritage in the fields of built heritage, maritime heritage, archives, museum collections and intangible heritage from 1600 until the present.
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a building that once belonged to the Netherlands South Africa Railways
South Africa: Footsteps Along the Tracks Project
The Footsteps Along the Tracks project aims to identify, assess, document and make an inventory of the built remainders of the Netherlands South Africa Railways in order to disclose this information. Much of this heritage is still in use and at risk.
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Surinam: Historic Organ Plays Again 
After extensive research conducted at the end of 2015, the Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands has concluded that the historic organ in Paramaribo’s cathedral can be restored and put back into use in a shared Surinamese-Dutch endeavour.
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Example of a Dutch Pattas or landownership document (Collection National Archives of the Netherlands)
India: Digitisation of Dutch Landownership Documents Finished 
The digitisation of the Dutch Pattas – or legal documents for landownership – concerning Chinsurah in West Bengal, India is finalised. This will enable researchers to learn more about the earliest process of urbanisation in this region. 
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