Museums, historic sites and buildings, archaeological remains and archives tell us a great deal about the past. However, not everyone is interested in visiting these places. In recent years, the form taken by cultural heritage has been changing; historically valuable documents are rapidly being scanned in and placed on the Internet, while museums are also increasingly presenting their collections and buildings online.
At the request of the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, SCP periodically highlights developments in the public interest in cultural heritage. Attention is focused mainly on visitors to physical and digital heritage sites.
Supply and policy
The SCP research describes trends in public interest in cultural heritage. The Dutch National Heritage Board (Rijksdienst voor het Cultureel Erfgoed) and the Netherlands Institute for Cultural Heritage (ICN) respectively publish a Heritage Report (Erfgoedbalans) and a Cultural Heritage Inventory (Collectiebalans), in which they explore trends in the availability of cultural heritage. The Boekman Foundation has for some considerable time studied developments in Dutch cultural policy.
Research at SCP
The Care, Emancipation and Time Use research sector carries out research on the interest of the Dutch public in cultural heritage. You will also find information here about current projects and recent publications. For more information, see also the topics ICT and The arts.