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CIE — Centre for International Heritage Activities — is an independent, non-profit organization for international knowledge exchange about the heritage of the European expansion and international heritage cooperation.

CIE is involved in the management of international heritage programmes and stimulates academic research on the heritage of the European expansion.

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CIE TTT expert meeting on national museums

Currently, the CIE is working on a series of expert meetings on national museums. The first of these meetings took place on February 13th and focussed on the role of western museums in a Dutch context and perspective. Bringing together a diverse group of heritage and museum experts, students and CIE staff, and creating a platform for discussion, we consider it to have been a success and look forward to further explore the role national museums can play in postcolonial, post-conflict and young emerging nations in following TTT expert meetings. Find the full report on the first meeting here.

CIE at the Peace Conference

Our Coordinator of the Afghanistan Project Biljana Volchevska was one of the speakers at the International Peace Conference on 'Post Conflict, Cultural Heritage and Regional Development' earlier this month. Check out the PowerPoint of her presentation on our experiences with cultural heritage in Afghanistan here

Opened: '1000 cities of Bactria'

After long months of hard work, the '1000 cities of Bactria' exhibition at the National Museum of Afghanistan in Kabul is now opened to the public. The exhibition was made possible through the Culture and Development programme of the Netherlands Embassy in Kabul, executed by CIE - Centre for International Heritage Activities and its local counterparts. The '1000 cities of Bactria exhibition focuses on showing the important heritage of Bactria, or present-day northern Afghanistan, in Pre-Islamic times. Read the full press release


Project updates

Programme page Afghanistan 

The CIE coordinates a Programme in Afghanistan which consists of the rehabilitation of the National Museum of Afghanistan in Kabul and the renovation of the Bagh-e JehanNama Palace in the North.

News update 4 January 2013

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Maritime and Underwater Cultural Heritage

The CIE has implemented several training, capacity building programs appropriate for a number of countries, and taking into consideration the requirements of the UNESCO Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage.

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Read more on the UNESCO site
Read the brochure 'Towards best practices in
maritime and underwater cultural heritage in South Africa'

Heritage events

Report available on What is the Value of your Heritage?

Poster ppp kochi

On 8 March 08, 2013, together with Kochi-Muziris Biennale CIE held a symposium on "What's the Value of your Heritage?". Aim of the day was to explore the perspectives on heritage as a tool for economic development. The uses of tourism as a means to maintain and preserve heritage assets took a clear focus point in the panel discussion, which took place after the presentations.

Click here for the official report. 

The Hindu Business Line wrote a short article about this event, click here to read this article on their website.  

Report available on discussions Ghanaian Dutch heritage. 

On 15 February Round Table discussions took place                                  at the National Museum of Accra, Ghana focussing on heritage management and Ghanaian-Dutch Heritage Cooperation. These discussions were being organized by the Ghana Museums and Monuments Board, Ricerca e Cooperazione, the University of Pavia and CIE, and took place in the context of the Netherlands Week in Ghana, organized by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Accra.

Click here for the official report.

To find out more about the Ghanaian-Dutch Mutual heritage click here