|R (Robert) Parthesius|
|Country of Residence||the Netherlands|
|Education||Phd History University of Amsterdam|
PO Box 111252301 EC Leiden
|Maritime Heritage, VOC, Research, Curating, European Expansion|
Robert Parthesius has been working on the interface between history and archaeology of the maritime history and European expansion since the 1980's.
Until 1995 he coordinated the research for the reconstruction project on the VOC-ship 'Batavia' in Lelystad. This work was the basis for a fruitful cooperation with the Western Australian Maritime Museum. In 1997 he organized the exhibition: ‘From Hartog to the Vlamingh’ covering the Dutch explorations of Australia. He was involved in various maritime archaeological projects. Most important was the Galle Harbour Project in Sri Lanka 1992-1999. Since 1999 he has coordinated the cooperation between The Netherlands and Sri Lanka in the field of Mutual Heritage. This cooperation resulted in the establishment of a Mutual Heritage Centre in Sri Lanka 2000. From this centre various Sri Lankan-Dutch projects cultural heritage projects have been carried out.
From 1998 till 2005 he worked as curator of the Amsterdam Historical Museum. Convinced of the importance of Public Awareness for historical-archaeological research he organized international exhibitions on the European-Asian cultural relations in the 17th and 18th centuries, and published several books and articles on various aspects of the Dutch maritime history. His ambition to establish an infrastructure for maritime archaeology in Asia, as part of a culture and development programme, was materialized in the Avondster project in the Bay of Galle through which a Maritime Archaeological Unit has been trained and established in Sri Lanka since 2001.
In 2005 he established the Netherlands Centre for International Heritage Activities. Since 2009 Robert is also a lecturer on Historical-Archaeology of the European expansion at the University of Leiden and is currently involved in Maritime Archaeological Programmes in Tanzania and South Africa.
|Organisations referring to this expert|
|Centre for International Heritage Activities|
|Leiden University Faculty of Archaeology|
Technical Assistance Programme (TAP)
Dutch Reformed Church, Galle
Involvement of British and Portuguese partners in the activities of the Mutual Heritage Centre
Construction of Visitor Centre and Museum at Kataragama
Cultural Heritage Connections
Publications / Documents
Recent principal publications:
Parthesius, Robert (2010), Dutch Ships in Tropical Waters .The Development of the Dutch East India Company (VOC) Shipping Network in Asia, 1595-1660. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press.
Parthesius, R., Fienieg, A., (a.o). Heritage trails, International Cultural Heritage Policies in a European perspective. In: Oostindie, G. Dutch Colonialism, Migration and Cultural Heritage. pp23-62, Leiden
Parthesius, Robert (ed) (2007), Excavation report of the VOC-ship Avondster, The Anglo-Dutch East-Indiaman that was wrecked twice in Ceylon. Centre of International Heritage Activities special publication No. 1, Amsterdam