Sponsorship Opportunities at Historical Exhibition in City Hall

August 25th 2015

As one of the quintessential international cities in the world, The Hague has always welcomed those from other countries who come to stay, whether for one year, ten years, or more. As a result, expatriates have been witness to many of the historical events that have happened in The Hague, and they bring their own unique perspective to these events, as well as to daily life in the city. Sponsorship opportunities are available at a new exhibition in The Hague City Hall entitled ‘Expat Impressions of The Hague’, which will reveal the history of The Hague as seen through expatriate eyes. From the 1950s through the present day, the exhibition will showcase visual content as well as stories, letters, articles, and journals written by expatriates, providing a rich picture of what it has been like to live in The Hague as an expatriate during the past several decades.


A Wide Audience

The exhibition will run from 26 October to 14 November 2015 in the Atrium of the City Hall in The Hague. It will be free to the public and presented in both English and Dutch to make it accessible and interesting to people of all ages and backgrounds. The location of the exhibit in the Atrium of The Hague City Hall will put it in front of the many thousands of people who visit the City Hall; in fact, Foundation ‘Atrium The Hague’ reports that the City Hall averages 8.000 visitors per week.

The exhibition comprises five large full-colour displays showcasing material from several local archives, and will be officially opened by the Mayor of The Hague during an invitation-only reception on November 4, 2015. Articles promoting the exhibition are being published in local and expat media, as well as on social media.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Three organisations have come together to create the exhibition: The Expatriate Archive Centre, The Hague Municipal Archives, and ACCESS. Sponsors to date include Shell, The Hague Bridge, Rabobank, and the American Women’s Club of The Hague.

The organisers are still looking for additional sponsors to cover the design and production costs of the displays. Participation will provide sponsors with excellent branding opportunities within the Dutch and the expat/international community, given the nature and location of the exhibition, its duration, as well as the opening by the Mayor.  To inquire about a sponsorship opportunity for your organisation, please contact The Expatriate Archive Centre at 070 427 2014 or director@xpatarchive.com.

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26th October-14th November, 2015: Local Archives Bring the Past of The Hague Alive

August 24th 2015

The past of a diverse and international city like The Hague is bound to be rich with both historical events and interesting life stories. In a new exhibition entitled ‘Expat Impressions of The Hague’, visitors can explore the history of The Hague as kept alive in the journals, letters, stories, articles, and photographs of the many expatriates who have temporarily made it home over the years. Among the components of the exhibition are materials from several different archives that have come together to celebrate the many ways that internationals have recorded their experiences in this unique city.


Different Archives, Common Purpose

The Hague Municipal Archives are a giant repository of documents, magazines, articles, photographs, maps, and audio-visual materials covering the history of The Hague. The collection is held in a climate-controlled area of The Hague City Hall on 14 kilometres of shelves. Access to the collection is available to the public, and nearly 12,000 people per year visit it to explore the city’s history, often in connection with their own family roots.

The Expatriate Archive Centre (EAC) is a private archive, also located in The Hague, with a tightly-focused collection extending back to the 19th century. The EAC holds personal and family records of expatriates from around the world. The collection contains materials in 12 different languages, covering over 80 countries. Academic researchers come to the EAC from around the world to study topics relating to all aspects of the expatriate experience.

The American Women’s Club of The Hague, which for eighty years has provided a home away from home for Americans and other expats, delved into their archives for text and photographs to donate to the exhibition. The British School in The Netherlands has educated expatriate children in The Hague since before WWII, and also reached into its own archives to provide materials for the exhibition. The Expat Journal, local newspaper Haagsche Courant, Shell Destinations magazine, The Hague University of Applied Sciences, and the International Institute of Social Studies, a graduate school that is part of Erasmus University in Rotterdam, each donated from their own archives. Private individuals also responded to the call for materials with their personal stories.

The exhibit is curated by Natalie McIlroy. Assistance with the logistics of organizing the exhibition comes from ACCESS, a non-profit based in The Hague that provides practical information, advice, support, and services to expatriates in the Netherlands. Sponsors include Shell, The Hague Bridge, CB&I, Rabobank, the American Women’s Club of The Hague, and Petroleum Women’s Club The Hague.

When and Where

The exhibition is free, and will run from 26 October to 14 November 2015 in the Atrium of the City Hall in The Hague. Hours are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 7:00 to 19:00, Thursday from 7:00 to 21:30, and Saturday from 9:30 to 17:00. The mayor will inaugurate the exhibition at an invitation-only reception to be held on 4 November. For more information, contact The Expatriate Archive Centre at (0)70 427 2014 or pr@xpatarchive.com.

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