a home for expat life stories
To collect and preserve the life stories of expatriates worldwide for future research.
- To curate and preserve unique source material documenting the experiences of expatriates of all nationalities and backgrounds;
- To establish a centre of excellence for expatriation research;
- To give the life stories of expatriates their rightful place in global migration history.
The EAC exists to facilitate quality research that promotes and enhances a better understanding of expatriate life. Research topics and conclusions are not opinions held by the EAC but are the sole ownership of the researcher.
Who We Are
The Expatriate Archive Centre is run by an enthusiastic team of staff and volunteers. Our staff are:
Board of Trustees
- Han Kooij (Chair)
- Kees de Groot (Treasurer)
- Judy Moody-Stuart (Chair Nominations)
- Tasoula Georgiou Hadjitofi (Member Nominations)
- Paulo Arias (Shell)
- Bettine van der Heijden (Global Outpost Services)
- Meghann Ormond (Academic)
Elizabeth Emmerson, Chief Archivist for the Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals in The Hague, advises the EAC in a personal capacity.
The Expatriate Archive Centre is fortunate to be supported by a group of dedicated volunteers of many different nationalities. Are you interested in joining them? Find out more about volunteering with us.
We are always interested in collaborating with other organisations and companies. If you have a project idea, please contact us.
The Expatriate Archive Centre is a proud member of the following organisations:
- Dutch Digital Heritage Network (Netwerk Digitaal Erfgoed).
- European Ego-Documents Archives and Collections.
- European Oil & Gas Archives Network.
- Families In Global Transition (FIGT). We were a co-founder of the FIGT affiliate in the Netherlands.
- International Council on Archives.
- Royal Association of Archivists in the Netherlands (Koninklijke Vereniging van Archivarissen in Nederland).
- Sector Association of Archives Institutions in the Netherlands (Branchevereniging Archiefinstellingen Nederland).
The idea for an archive dedicated to preserving the life stories of expatriates grew from two books published in the 1990s. A group of Shell wives collected material for these two anthologies from Shell families all over the world. The original material was filed away, but had not been forgotten – in 2003 the Outpost Family Archive was opened in The Hague to continue the work that had been started by the Shell Ladies Project. The archive became independent in 2008, renamed as the Expatriate Archive Centre, with the mission to archive the life stories of expats and their families from all backgrounds and from anywhere in the world.