Research institutes

Centre for the Social History of Limburg

The Sociaal Historisch Centrum voor Limburg (Centre for the Social History of Limburg) is an independent research facility connected to the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASoS) at Maastricht University. SHCL provides a research infrastructure for comparative regional history by giving access to historical sources, maintenance of a library collection, developing research, publication of a yearbook, and a dissertation series (in Dutch). The SHCL is housed in the beautifully restored former Franciscan Church at Sint-Pieterstraat 7, the premises of the State and Municipal Archives.


SHCL stimulates and performs research in the field of historical border studies and the comparative history of the Meuse-Rhine border regions, focusing mainly in the 19th and 20th centuries. This comparative perspective is developed in close cooperation with universities in nearby Belgium and Germany. Some of the major topics addressed by the SHCL are the history of mining in Limburg, population and health, and migration.


SHCL staff participate in FASOS courses on historical methodology and honours courses on global social and economic history, which helps to place the local context into the global picture. Students are invited to apply for internships and to discuss topics for bachelor of master papers.

Reaching out to an audience beyond the university

As a centre for regional history, SHCL is striving to reach a wider audience in the region with publications (on the history of mining, for instance), lectures, symposia, and exhibitions.