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 the 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.



Education is one of the key elements in the Foundation’s policy. The Stichting Oude Groninger Kerken feels it is important to inform young people about their religious cultural heritage from an early age.


Our educational activities are linked to the heritage education programmes offered at primary and secondary schools. In this way the Foundation hopes to create a basis for support of its work in the future.


Groningen’s Historic Churches Foundation feels it is important to inform young people about their religious cultural heritage at an early age.  They want to make children aware of the unique heritage in their immediate surroundings and acquaint them with it. The hope is that in doing so, they are creating a basis for support of their work in the future. They have developed educational material for all grade levels and some projects are suitable for the entire school.


One of the Foundation’s main priorities is education. The Foundation strives to engage young people in preserving their religious cultural heritage. They show everyday practicalities of heritage preservation and challenge them to reflect on these. In this way they hope to inspire people to support them in the future. Their partners include the University of Groningen and the Hanze School of Education.


Groningen’s Historic Churches Foundation provides guidance and supervision to students doing internships and graduate research all year round. Students pursuing various fields of study and from various backgrounds can be placed with the foundation to gain valuable experience in the heritage sector.

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