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'Doggerland' at RMO, in the interest of (inter)national media

Although the public is not able yet to physically visit the exhibition Doggerland - Lost World in the North Sea in person at the Dutch National Museum of Antiquities (RMO), the exhibition and its curator Luc Amkreutz gained a lot of (inter)national media attention. Newspapers, books, podcasts: the exhibition about the sunken landscape and its prehistoric inhabitants certainly managed to captivate a large audience these past months.

Despite the Museums are closed due to Covid-19, Luc Amkreutz and fellow curators at RMO worked hard on the new Doggerland exhibition, which would put one of the most important archeological areas in Europe on the map. In March, Amkreutz presented an online mini-lecture to pique the public's interest for Doggerland, a landscape which, at the height of its time, spanned an area of almost 200.000m2 in between the Netherlands and Great Britain. For the occasion of the exhibition, Amkreutz also authored a book about the region that vanished under the North Sea thousands of years ago. As newspaper Trouw highlighted in a special review, the gripping story of Doggerland even became the subject of a children's book by Laura Dielemans, featuring colourful illustrations for the younger readers.

Besides elaborate articles in Dutch newspapers Trouw, NRC, en Dagblad van het Noorden, the story about the 'Atlantis of the North Sea' also managed to fascinate an international audience, as illustrated by articles in the German newspaper Der Tagesspiegel and articles from English and French news outlets. For those who prefer to listen rather than read, Amkreutz tells his Doggerland story on the NPO Radio 1 programme 'Nieuwsweekend'.

Earlier this year LeidenGlobal interviewed Luc Amkreutz about his job, the exhibition, and his desire to tell captivating stories. Read the interview here.


By Roelie Mol, LeidenGlobal