P r o j e c t   s u m m a r y
THE  ARRIVAL : MOLUCCANS  IN  THE  NETHERLANDS

Management
1 Project name
The Arrival: Moluccans in the Netherlands
2 Contact
Nanneke Wigard (librarian, Moluccan Historical Museum)
E-mail: nwigard@museum-maluku.nl
Moluccan Historical Museum: tel. +31 (0)30-2367116
3 Partner organisation
In 2001, the National Archives and the Moluccan Historical Museum joined forces to build the database. The museum, with which Moluccans were indeed familiar, seemed to soften the impression of aloofness that the group had of the National Archives.
4 Partner organisation type:
Adult education college / University / Training organisations / Museum / Gallery / Artist(s) / Other (please give details with address below)
Museum and archives.
5 Funding
The website was made possible in part by a financial contribution from the Dutch Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport.

Medium
A website. Non-material heritage (e.g. narratives), as well as archival records, photographs and passenger lists

Project
1 Aims / objectives
To allow the Moluccan community in the Netherlands to become acquainted with the arrival of the first generation, thereby supporting and encouraging them in research initiatives focusing on their own history. (2) To present the Moluccans' arrival in a form with which the Moluccans can identify: a digital monument to the members of the first generation in the Netherlands. (3) To respond to the need felt particularly by third-generation Moluccans to search for their roots. (4) To provide socio-historical data to anyone wishing to contribute to the Moluccans' story as a part of Dutch history.
2 Who it was for
The general public, Dutch Moluccans and historians in particular.
3 What learning was involved
Interactive.
4 Which methodologies used (if applicable)
Socio-psychological in particular, although the use of the computer also requires motor skills.
5 Where/when it was
The project took place online (and in the Moluccan Historical Museum [Moluks Historisch Museum]). The online database (www.nationaalarchief.nl/aankomst) was launched on 19 March 2004
6 Planning / preliminary work
During an exhibition at the Moluccan Historical Museum, members of the various generations of Dutch Moluccans were very enthusiastic about the 1951 passenger lists on display. At the same time, the Dutch National Archives [Nationaal Archief] needed to be able to access the former Moluccan Population Register electronically. Volunteers from the Moluccan community gave invaluable input and collaborated closely on the website (via the Moluccan Historical Museum).
7 Any follow-up / longer-term contact with the target group
The Moluccan database will be permanently maintained and updated on an ongoing basis. The site will continue to be available on the Internet as long as it is relevant to historical enquiry.
8 Involvement of other partner organisation
Via the Moluccan Historical Museum, a number of volunteers were closely involved in developing the website.
9 Key words to reflect the concept of the project
'This is our birth certificate.'

Type of project
Website : www.nationaalarchief.nl/aankomst

Roughly how many people were involved?
1 As direct participants
- Dutch Moluccans
- Two employees from the Moluccan Historical Museum organised the project, along with an employee from the National Archives and a Web designer, whom the Archives had taken on. Three elderly volunteers researched the photographs systematically for one year. Several volunteers retyped the data.
2 As indirect beneficiaries
In June 2004, the site had already logged over 50,000 visits.
3 As staff
Four people

Participants' ages
Individuals born in 1950 were well in the majority in the archives. 'User' participants, however, fitted into many age brackets and were difficult to categorise.

Disadvantage due to social or economic factors, discrimination or disability
The Moluccans who embarked in 1951 for the Netherlands and those who were born of Moluccan parents in the Netherlands.

Participants' needs
To mark the fiftieth commemoration of 'the arrival', held on 21 March 2001, an exhibition of the passenger lists from the twelve ships in 1951 was organised. After the positive reaction that the exhibition received, it was decided to enter into a database the information pertaining to the Moluccans who had arrived and to put it on the Internet. The Moluccan Historical Museum further developed this idea jointly with the Moluccan community in the Netherlands.

Outcomes and lessons learned
1 Participants' benefits and outcomes:
Not applicable. To date, a great many responses have come in; a month after the website had been launched, librarian Nanneke Wigard had already received over 1,000 e-mail messages.
2 Evaluation process:
The project was evaluated orally during interim discussions. No final evaluation has been planned
3 Overall learning points :
- Collaboration between organisations: The National Archives and the Moluccan Historical Museum will continue to collaborate to ensure the continuity of the project.
- Collaboration between target groups and organisations: The project helped to intensify collaboration between the Moluccan Historical Museum and the Moluccan community.
Constant vigilance was, and still is, required of the Moluccan Historical Museum, as the Moluccans in themselves do not form a homogeneous target group.

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