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Collection of F.W. Stammeshaus, displayed in his home in Seulimeum ​​(Aceh), 1912. Photo from the Stammeshaus Archives, courtesy of John Klein Nagelvoort.
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Presentation Pilotproject Provenance Research on Objects of the Colonial Era (PPROCE)

On Thursday 17 March, the results of the Pilotproject Provenance Research on Objects of the Colonial Era (PPROCE) were presented. The project was led by the NIOD Expert Centre Restitution, and carried out in cooperation with the Rijksmuseum and the National Museum of World Cultures. The presentation started at 1.30PM.

The objective of PPROCE was to develop a methodology for research on the provenance of collections with a colonial context. During the presentation, the researchers will present the results of their case studies about selected Indonesian and Sri Lankan collections, and their recommendations for doing provenance research on colonial collections.

The project has been made possible by funding from the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science.

Location and registration

If you would like to attend the presentation in Leiden, please register by sending an email to Please note that the number of seats is limited, and that the presentation will be recorded. If you prefer to follow the presentation via livestream, you do not need to register. You can follow the livestream on 17 March here.


Please note that all times are CET!

13.00 Registration

13.30 Opening – Drs Marieke van Bommel (Managing Director National Museum of World Cultures)

13.35 Welcoming speech – Prof. Dr Frank van Vree (NIOD)

Part 1: Reflections and Case 1

  • Presentation programme and PPROCE – Mr Drs Jona Mooren, (ECR/NIOD, project-manager PPROCE) and Klaas Stutje, PhD (ECR/NIOD, researcher PPROCE)
  • Reflection 1 – Dr Sri Margana (Gadjah Mada University, Yogyakarta)
  • Reflection 2 – Prof Marieke Bloembergen (KITLV-Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies, and Leiden University)
  • Case 1, Sri Lanka – Prof Asoka de Zoysa (Director, Samkathana Research Centre, University of Kelaniya), Dr Ganga Dissanayake (University of Kelaniya, deputy director Samkathana Research centre), Chamikara Pilapitiya (Independent scholar), Senerath Wickramasinghe (National Museum, Colombo), Dr Alicia Schrikker (Researcher PPROCE/ Leiden University) and Doreen van den Boogaart MA (ECR/NIOD, Researcher PPROCE)

15.00 - Coffee break (15 min)

Part 2: Case 2, Recommendations PPROCE, Final Report PPROCE and Responses

  • Case 2, Indonesia – Drs Mirjam Shatanawi (Reinwardt Academy)
  • Recommendations and presentation of the Final report PPROCE to the State Secretary for Culture and Media, Dr. Gunay Uslu
  • Response 1: Indonesia – I Gusti Agung Wesaka Puja (Chairman of the Repatriation Committee in Indonesia)
  • Response 2: Sri Lanka – Dr Sanuja Kasthuriarachchi (DG Department National Museums, Sri Lanka).
  • Response 3: Cultural Heritage Agency of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science (Netherlands) - Drs Hanna Pennock (Senior Advisor Cultural Heritage Agency of the Ministry of Culture and Science)

16.25 Closing Remarks – Drs Taco Dibbits (General Director Rijksmuseum Amsterdam)

16.30-18.00 End/Reception

Visit the project page for PPROCE here.

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