Reading room & research

We encourage the accessibility of our collection for researchers, historians, students, and all interested parties. We do this through:

  • Reading room
  • Answering your questions
  • research
  • accompanying students and internships

Reading room

You may consult all our collections in our reading room. You are welcome during opening hours from Monday till Friday between 9:00 am and 4:30 pm.

Make an appointment by Email or telephone in advance so that we can prepare for your visit and put out the material you want to research:

  • 09 235 82 32

Answering your questions

You can also always contact us with a specific question about the Sisters of Charity JM, their history, institutions, buildings, … .

Are you searching for your ‘auntie nun’ to examine your family tree? Do you want to know if we keep the archives of your old school or of a particular institution? Contact us by mail or telephone and we will look it up for you.

  • 09 235 82 32


The Congregation of the Sisters of Charity JM is a typical example of the many women Congregations who started in the 19th century and played a pioneering role in the field of education, health care, and missionary activities. The Sisters of Charity JM grew into one of the largest religious institutions of the country.

Therefore, our collection lends itself to a wide range of research areas: history of religious life and of women religious, mentality history, social history of education and health care, mission history, gender studies, history of institutions, genealogy and local history.

Not only historians, but also art historians, sociologists, educators, anthropologists, archivists and scholars of religious studies are well looked after.

This is also reflected in the many studies and papiers already written in recent years about the Sisters of Charity and their activities at home and abroad.

The Heritage House does its own research and provides publications. You can find these publications in our ‘shop’.

Accompanying students and internships

Are you a student and searching for a study project, a topic for your master’s thesis or an internship? Check out our list of possible theses and internships.

Or do you have a suggestion yourself? Contact us and we will discuss your proposal.