1 February: Information Morning at the Expatriate Archive Centre

Published: January 16th 2018

The next Expatriate Archive Centre information morning will be held on Thursday, 1 February 2018 at our premises in The Hague. Whether you’re an expat with a story to tell, looking for volunteering opportunities, researching expatriation, or if you’re simply curious about what we do, you are welcome to attend…

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Support the EAC’s 10th Anniversary Project, Saudade

Published: November 28th 2017

  Saudade . . . it’s a word the Portuguese use to describe longing for something absent and beloved. For the people whose stories are recorded in the Expatriate Archive Centre (EAC), often that absent and beloved thing is home. This year we celebrate ten years of collecting private letters,…

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How will the ‘Digital Age’ affect future perceptions of the now?

Published: November 9th 2017

My experiences so far working at the EAC have led me to examine an array of fascinating stories detailing the lives of families and individuals living and working abroad. A large proportion of these stories come from handwritten diaries, photographs, and written correspondence, produced before the boom of the digital…

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An Outsider’s Insider Perspective

Published: November 1st 2017

Aside from their own personal and professional life, expats also write down their observations of the foreign countries they are residing in. This way, they provide an interesting outsider’s perspective on the local politico-economic situation and culture. But perhaps this is not the best way to describe their accounts. After…

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Unexpected Understanding

Published: October 11th 2017

For centuries, if not millennia, all the various people have been struggling to live together on this planet. Unfortunately, this has often result in violent conflicts, with different ideological, ethnic or religious groups clashing over power, resources or territory. A quick look at the news sadly reveals that this still…

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