Saudade – An Intersection of Archives and Art

July 27th 2017

Did you know? Next year the Expatriate Archive Centre (EAC) celebrates its 10th anniversary!

It’s been ten years since the founders registered the EAC as an independent archive and published The Sourcebook. So we thought that to celebrate ten years of the EAC we would publish another book. But not just any book–a book documenting a very special project designed to expand the way the archive can be used and show us our collection from a new perspective.

Introducing Saudade: An Intersection of Archives and Art. We have invited ten different artists to each choose a piece from our collection and use it as inspiration for an art piece. In keeping with our expat theme, all of the art pieces will have to fit into our iconic archive suitcase.

Five of the artists live internationally and five reside in The Hague. However, several of the artists in The Hague also have international roots. The artists are Euf Lindeboom, Janne van Gilst, Masaaki Oyamada, Thomas Nondh Jansen, Natalie McIlroy, Carla Wright, Christopher Squires, Kevin Andrew Morris, Monique Prinsloo, and Nico Angiuli. Natalie McIlroy, a Scottish artist who works out of The Hague, is the Artistic Director for Saudade, as well as one of the artists. Fonds Mondriaan recently agreed to fund the project, and we are also seeking funding from various other sources.

The artists have all chosen their archival pieces, and are blogging about their artistic journey on the Saudade website,, which also contains information and up-to-date announcements. The suitcase, art, and book will be on display at the Twelve Twelve Gallery in The Hague from April 10-15 2018, and then go on tour to archives and book stores throughout the Netherlands, from the Rotterdam City Archives to Boekhandel Dominicanen in Maastricht. If your institution is interested in hosting Saudade next year, please contact the EAC at


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Volunteer Vacancy — Blog Archiving

July 1st 2017

Join the Expatriate Archive Centre as part of our volunteer team!

Blogging Volunteer


The Expatriate Archive Centre (EAC) collects, registers and preserves original source material documenting the social history of expatriate life. The Centre is based in The Hague (Archipel area) and has a small, dedicated staff. We are supported by an enthusiastic team of volunteers of different backgrounds, nationalities, and ages.

During the past decade or more, blogs have become an important way that expats record their experiences. However, researchers interested in studying expat blogs often struggle to sift through the internet to find articulate, insightful blogs that will be useful for their research. Therefore, the EAC has embarked on a project to build up an electronic archive of excellent expat blogs that give an in-depth insight into life abroad. We are looking for a volunteer to help expand this project.

Tasks and responsibilities:

  • Minimum of 1 day per week (at least 1 day per month at the archive; the rest can be done from home if desired)
  • Identify, describe, and catalog expat blogs of interest to researchers according to the EAC’s inclusion parameters
  • Contact the bloggers via email to secure their permission to catalog their blogs


  • You must be an expat blogger yourself, as well as familiar with expat blogging in general
  • Good command of spoken and written English (other languages a plus)
  • Ability to work independently, with minimal supervision
  • A proactive and enthusiastic attitude
  • Good computer skills

Report to:

  • PR Manager, Blog Archiving Team Leader

We offer:

  • Training on the job
  • A professional work environment
  • The chance to network with other bloggers around the world
  • A great volunteer team to work with and a lot of fun
  • Unlimited chocolate
  • Superb lunch discussions!

How to Apply

If you are interested in this volunteering opportunity, please send a copy of your CV and a brief motivational letter to

For more information about the EAC please visit

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