The Tinco Lycklama Foundation

The Tinco Lycklama Foundation is a nonprofit organization based in Amsterdam.

The Foundation conducts research, documentation and education around remarkable but forgotten life stories. It operates as an international incubator for private-public co-creation around history, heritage, and culture.


The Foundation believes that collective knowledge will benefit from greater collaboration between professional research (scholars, institutes, media) and the general public. Forgotten stories are an interesting way to start. As they are forgotten, the information is scarce. And, if they are remarkable stories, they will surprise and excite.

One way to encourage awareness of common heritage is by facilitating co-creation. By involving the public, we increase our capacity for discovering information and enriching the narrative. And, in order to enthuse public audiences, we need to stimulate their affinity with the subject. This can be achieved by a ‘total biography’ approach, in which the exploration of any aspect of a person’s life and work can generate the largest number of ‘touch points’ with which the public can connect.

Open and voluntary collaboration in all its activities is essential to the Foundation.





The Foundation has debuted its activities with a focus on the life and work of the remarkable but forgotten Tinco Lycklama à Nijeholt (1837-1900) – the first Dutch orientalist. The achievements and lessons learned from this initial focus will be applied to other themes in the future.

All activities of the Foundation revolve around three main axes:

  • Collaborative (Re)search. Discovery and exploration of facts around the selected themes. The Foundation encourages everyone to join the research effort at any time and shape its orientation.
  • Open Virtual Libraries. Virtualized repositories of documents and objects that are spread across public and private collections. These repositories will be open to the public and permit re-use.
  • Co-creative Projects. Educational and cultural programmes. Projects will encourage participation and exploration of the Foundation’s themes “in context” and “on location”, through contemporary perceptions.

Professionals and volunteers can freely join, define and contribute to these activities. Our aim is to support flexible teams and give them a framework and official status they can work from. Please get in touch if you wish to explore original ideas that meet the Foundation’s objectives.