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Galle: A Heritage city under threat – Interview with dr. Uditha Jinadasa

In this interview with dr. Uditha Jinadasa, she explains how Galle Fort was changed significantly since it’s appointment as a UNESCO Heritage site, and reflects on how we should deal with historical architecture in general. (17 December 2020) 

A Footnote in History: the life of Willem de Melho

Young ambassador Bente de Leede writes the story of a young man who travelled from Sri Lanka to the Netherlands some 250 years ago to study theology. He would never make the journey back home. (17 December 2020) 

Invented Heritage: The Last Sri Lankan King’s Prison Cell in Colombo

In this article, archeologist Chryshane Mendis explores a case of invented heritage in Colombo: the prison cell in which king Sri Wickrama Rajasingha was supposedly kept after being captured by the British in 1815. (23 November 2020)

New Research Project: ‘Towards a Virtual Slave Island’

An exciting new research project on the historical heritage of the Colombo neighbourhood ‘Slave Island’ has recently kicked off, funded by Dutchculture’s Shared Cultural Hertiage grant. You can read all about here. (05 June 2020)

A new beginning

After a long time the Netherlands Sri Lanka foundation revives its newsletter, which is expected to be launched soon. Our Young Ambassadors are working hard to make this a quarterly appearance. Contact us if you wish to be included in the mailing list. (02 June 2020)

Questioning Heritage – Interview with dr. Jos van Beurden

Six months after the ‘Who Owns Heritage?’ session organised by our foundation, dr. Jos van Beurden agreed to speak with us about his views on the restitution of art and other objects during period of colonial rule. (30 May 2020)


An Urban Buddhist Tempe in Times of Covid, by Deborah de Koning

In this article Deborah de Koning, one of our Young Ambassadors and a PhD candidate at Tilburg University, reflects on the current state of Hinduist and Buddhist processions during the Covid-19 pandemic. (29 May 2020)