Welcome to the website for the Medieval Memoria Online (MeMO) project. This project aims to help scholars in carrying out research into memoria during the period up to the Reformation (c. 1580) in the area that is the present-day country of the Netherlands. The database is also intended for local historians, genealogists and heraldists, museum curators, teachers, pupils and students, and the general public with an interest in history, art and culture.

Phase 1 completed: Database application

The MeMO project consists of several phases. The main objective of MeMO's first phase is the creation of a freely accessible database application. This database is now finished and available online here:

The database also hosts introductory texts (in English and Dutch), including a description of the medieval memoria culture and a user manual. These texts can be easily consulted using the provided table of contents, which allows the user to skip straight to the texts that are of relevance to them.

In addition to this user-friendly database, the MeMO team has also completed many other products, including several websites, a rich internet application, a bibliography and a newsletter.

The original project plan for the first phase of the MeMO project can be downloaded here.

Phase 2 in preparation: Going international

We are currently securing funds in preparation for the second phase of MeMO, which aims to broaden the project's scope by incorporating even more memoria sources of the Netherlands, and memorial texts and objects from beyond the Netherlands as well. This will be a huge undertaking performed in collaboration with several international research groups.

More information will follow.

- This page was last updated on: September 30th, 2013

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