Castrum Peregrini Amsterdam

The roots of Castrum Peregrini, formally a foundation as of 1957, go back to WWII when a group of young people had to go into hiding during Nazi occupation of the Netherlands. The group managed to preserve their mental freedom through their mutual friendship and through their structured concentration on art and literature.

In the historic building a collection of books, artefacts and interiors illustrate a rich history, which is the basis for Castrum Peregrini’s mission: create awareness about the fundamental relationship between one’s personal life experience and the burning urgencies of our time in order to enhance the autonomy of the individual as a precondition for a healthy democracy and a an inclusive society. Castrum Peregrini uses a broad pallet of cultural and artistic expressions to highlight the various aspects of broad themes such as freedom, friendship and culture and to make them widely accessible with lectures, theatre, discussions, recitals, exhibitions and multimedia manifestations, its publications and European projects.

Motivation to participate in the TimeCase project

Castrum Peregrini has a unique body of cultural heritage, ranging from tangible heritage (17th century UNESCO protected building, incl. hiding place for Jewish children during Nazi Occupation of NL; archive, library, art collection) to a rich intangible heritage, a palimpsest of personal histories representing the vibrant history of post WWII Europe. Castrum Peregrini has been experimenting with new participatory approaches to use its´ heritage as open learning environments that has led to national and international recognition. The project offers a unique occasion to further professionalize, collect good practice and participate in knowledge transferabout contemporary approaches to heritage and memory. Developing standards and reference points in dealing with memory settings as a learning environment and engaging in a European agenda will help Castrum Peregrini to open up its premises to a broader public and sustain the content and the financial structure of a contemporary cultural centre that builds upon historic events.

Staff members working on timecase:
Michael Defuster
Lars Ebert
Frans Damman