Stichting Oude Groninger Kerken

Stichting Oude Groninger Kerken

Stichting Oude Groninger Kerken works on saving the legacy of centuries of church buildings in the province of Groningen. The foundation was founded in 1969 as the first regional foundation in the Netherlands committed to the maintenance of churches. The headquarters is located at the Remonstrant church in the city of Groningen.

The Foundation safeguards 91 churches by purchasing, renovating and maintaining them. They are focus on restoration and preservation of old cemeteries. The churches are mainly from the XII-XIII centuries, but some are also more recent.

Education is one of they key element of the foundation’s activities. They want to transmit to the younger generations the value and importance of taking care of the religious heritage.

Their educational programs are divided in different groups depending on the age of the children, ranging from Primary school to University students. They want to educate youngsters about the importance of safeguarding the cultural heritage in their surroundings so they can take care of it in the future and carry on the work that the Foundation is doing nowadays. In doing so, the Foundation has developed educational materials for all grades and can adapt the materials according to the needs of each school.

University students are offered internship opportunities so they can gain valuable experience in the fields of education, engineering, communication and marketing.

2019 is a special year for the Foundation, as it celebrates its 50th anniversary.

For more information, visit the foundation’s webpage.

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