The aim of the Groningen’s Historic Churches Foundation is: To preserve historic churches in the province of Groningen and to promote an appreciation of them.
The Stichting Oude Groninger Kerken was established on May 13, 1969 at a time when many churches threatened to fall into serious and unacceptable decay. Thanks to the initiative of a group of very dedicated and motivated enthusiasts the foundation was set up for the purpose of safeguarding these derelict churches as religious heritage. Today preparations are underway for the foundation’s 50th anniversary celebration in 2019.
The Foundation endeavours to achieve its goal by:
a. purchasing, saving, restoring and managing monumental churches and their outbuildings and grounds and making them accessible to the public;
b. using the buildings and grounds for a purpose that is in keeping with their character as much as possible;
c. any other means that can help achieve the goal (articles 1 and 2 of the statutes).
Groningen’s Historic Churches Foundation is committed to safeguarding both the fabric and function of Groningen’s monumental churches and their environment. Fabric and function go hand in hand, because these old churches are not just valuable historic buildings, they are also meeting places and they always have been.
Who we are
Name: Stichting Oude Groninger Kerken
Legal form: foundation
Statutes SOGK: June 2011
Opening hours: Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
VAT number: NL 002890604801 Chamber of Commerce number: 41009261
RSIN (Legal Entities and Partnership Information number): 0028.90.604
The motto for the 2017-2020 action plan is a quote by the Dutch cultural historian Johan Huizinga, a native of Groningen: “If we are to preserve culture we must continue to create it”. Groningen’s Historic Churches Foundation cares for buildings that were built six or seven or sometimes even eight hundred years ago. Preserving these historic churches is our core task. Never before in the history of our organization has the need to preserve and create been as urgent as it is now. More and more church owners are transferring ownership of their church buildings to us. The population is declining and our supporters are ageing. Earthquakes caused by gas extraction have damaged the churches. Our organisation is under more pressure than ever. In our action plan for 2017-2020 we have explained what effect this is having on our organisation, what the consequences are and how we are going to deal with it.