We like sharing untypical spots and places you won’t find on multiple other blogs or websites. I think the Expatriate Archive Centre is exactly that. Although you must request permission to visit, I’m sharing it here because it’s very relevant to the character of our city. The Hague has seen exponential growth in expatriate families in the last twenty years, contributing to a vibrant international environment.
A small and unassuming office and library on the Paramaribostraat houses an extraordinary and unique collection of life stories of expatriates worldwide. By collecting these stories, the EAC can facilitate research which might promote and enhance a better understanding of expatriate life. With more than 130 family archives from over 120 countries, the Centre is a modest but fundamental home to and keeper of global expat memories. The collection holds diaries, letters, photos, videos and other types of documentation. This careful preservation of family stories and lives lived in foreign countries fascinates me. In addition, the small dedicated library carries literature and resource material ranging from studies of Third Culture Kids to memoirs of time in Africa and novels written by expatriate wives. Books are only accessible to read on the premises.
Volunteers and interns work with the Centre to translate and archive these many documents and stories. Are you local, and are you interested in social history and archiving? You can get in touch with the Centre directly to ask about opportunities.