The Netherlands

Susan Lammers

The Netherlands

Susan Lammers is General Director of the Cultural Heritage Agency (Rijksdienst voor het Cultureel Erfgoed), the Netherlands centre of expertise for heritage, an executive and knowledge body of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science.  

The Cultural Heritage Agency is responsible for preserving and protecting historic buildings, archaeological sites and works of art. And helping others to do so. But also to give cultural historical values a place within spatial development plans and projects. In the State heritage laboratories scientists undertake research to ensure that objects of art and objects of historical value can be preserved for posterity.  

Our aim is to give the future a - recognisable - past. 

Over 350 staff work for the Agency, including specialists in restoration, historical research, chemistry, law, (art) history, archaeology, urban planning, archiving etc.

Susan Lammers studied at the Faculty of Arts at the Radboud University of Nijmegen. Previously, she worked as director at the University of Applied science Utrecht, as director at the Ministry of Finance and as director at the Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations.

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