The voting for the national archival competition Stuk van het Jaar is now open. Many archives in the Netherlands have submitted their most special, beautiful, quirky, or interesting pieces. The competition coincides with the annual History Month, and voting closes on October 27th. Vote for the Expatriate Archive Centre at: http://www.onsdna.nl/expat-archive/
The Expatriate Archive Centre gathered together five different pieces in August and asked their friends and supporters to vote for the final piece. The selected piece was a photograph of an intrepid Dutch expat home-brewing alcohol in 1970s Libya. It highlights the adventurous spirit of expats who sometimes find themselves adjusting to cultures very different from their own.
From a fascinating collection donated by a Dutch couple who moved all over the world – including Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Turkey, Iraq, Congo, Libya, Sierra Leone, and Nigeria – because of the husband’s job with KLM. In his account of his family’s time in Tripoli, Libya, from 1971 – 1974 he recounts what life was like for foreigners. Clubs were forbidden and you could not have more than 8 people in your house without permission, and if permission was granted, there would be two Libyans standing outside the house on guard. The family began to make their own alcohol, in a country where the sale and consumption of alcohol is banned, with a detailed account of the process included in the collection – starting with a pressure cooker which was found to be too small, and eventually progressing to jerrycans and milk churns.
Please support the Expatriate Archive Centre by voting for us in Stuk van het Jaar. The page is in Dutch, you can vote by clicking on the “Stem” button at the following link: http://www.onsdna.nl/expat-archive/
Thankyou for your vote!