Conducts research and collects data on the global history of labour, workers, and labour relations

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During the summer of 2001 the publicist and journalist Herman Keppy discovered two steamer trunks in a fully stacked room in the Dutch town of Alkmaar. The trunks contained the photo collection and... [Image gallery]
For Dutch people the glass industry in Leerdam is very well known, but strangely enough the knowledge about the history of this industry is only meagre. About 1.5 metres of papers relating to the... [Collection highlight]
Afscheidsfoto gemaakt in 's Lands Hospitaal (Paramaribo) in februari 1957 van de eerste door het psychiatrisch ziekenhuis Maasoord in Poortugaal geworven groep leerling-verpleegsters. Van links naar... [Collection item]
Historical Sample of the Netherlands (HSN) will build two datasets for the grand research project Genes, Germs and Resources. This project proposes to study the phenomenon of familial influences on... [News]
The Ticonderoga, a clipper carrying 646 Scottish and Irish emigrants, arrived in Melbourne, Australia on 22 December 1852. On this horrifc voyage, 100 emigrants were buried at sea and another 68 died... [Item of the Day]
Lachendes Leben (Laughing Life) is the monthly of German naturists since 1925. Not a single dressed person is to be found in the magazine, not even in winter. In the December 1926 issue there is a... [Item of the Day]
The first open air schools in Holland arose in the vicinity of sanatoria and health institutes for children recovering of tuberculosis. The 'First Dutch Open Air School' dates from 1913 and was... [Item of the Day]
Henri Jean Vleminckx (1826-1906) pioneered in the field of Belgian national health. During an epidemic of cholera in 1866, this forensic doctor was the first in Belgium to stress the connection... [Item of the Day]
'Zonnestraaldag' (Sun Beam day) is a day to collect money for sanatorium Zonnestraal in Hilversum, Holland. This hospital for tuberculosis patients opens officially in 1928. The costs of nursing are... [Item of the Day]
Since the beginning of the 80s, AIDS has been responsible for a growing number of victims. April 23, 1984 saw a major breakthrough in medical research when the virus was identified. This eventually... [Item of the Day]