Drs. T. (Mara) de Groot

  • Executive manager LDE Center for Global Heritage and Development

Telephone number: +31 (0)71 527 4739
E-Mail: t.de.groot@arch.leidenuniv.nl
Faculty / Department: Faculteit Archeologie, Archaeological Heritage, Archaeological Heritage Management
Office Address: Van Steenis gebouw
Einsteinweg 2
2333 CC Leiden
Room number A0.08a


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Mara studied Archaeology and Prehistory in Amsterdam (VU, 1996-2001) and Melbourne (University of Melbourne, 2000). After finishing her Masters she worked as a guide in Italy, focusing on (pre)Roman history. In 2005 Mara started working for the Netherlands Agency for Cultural Heritage (RCE) as an Archaeological Information Specialist. Her interest in International and Mutual Heritage increased and she did a traineeship at the Centre for International Heritage Activities (CIE), primarily dealing with archaeological heritage management in the Caribbean.

Mutual Cultural Heritage

In 2009 Mara got the opportunity to become part of the Mutual Cultural Heritage team (MCH team) of the National Archives of the Netherlands. The MCH team is coordinating projects within the Mutual Cultural Heritage policy framework. Mutual or common cultural heritage means heritage in other countries dating from the era of the Dutch East and West India Companies and from Dutch colonialism in Asia, Africa, and South America, as well as heritage deriving from a period of intensive cultural relations such as between the Netherlands and Russia. Ambitions of the MCH policy are directed towards stimulating preservation, improving access to heritage and enhancing bilateral or multilateral cultural cooperation.

In 2012 Mara was offered to combine the MCH work for the Nationaal Archief with the same position for the Netherlands Cultural Heritage Agency.

Centre for Global Heritage and Development

The Centre for Global Heritage and Development is a cooperation between Leiden University, Erasmus University and Delft University. Heritage is the work of people who activate the past while initiating, guiding and mediating changes in their life world. The Centre aims at understanding and enriching this process by means of both academic and applied research, exploring current perspectives on globalization and combining insights from the historical, social and natural sciences. Mara works as an executive manager for the Centre from January 2014 onwards.

Last Modified: 01-02-2016