Research group LivesLab
Specialisation Dutch political history & cultural history in the 19th century
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Marijcke Schillings studied History at Radboud University in Nijmegen. She graduated cum laude in 1987 and then gained a teaching qualification in History.

She joined Huygens Institute as a researcher in November 1989. Until June 2006 she worked on the bibliographical project Digitale Bibliografie voor Nederlandse Geschiedenis (DBNG). She was closely involved in the transition from a printed to a digital bibliography. From June 2006 to the end of 2015 she worked, within the programme “Dutch people and culture across borders”, mainly on the project The Dutch in the Caribbean world, c. 1670 – c. 1870 . Since 2016 she has been working on Dutch Prize Papers; attention is now on the document type bills of lading. In 2017-2018 and in 2022 she supported the editors of Wereldgeschiedenis van Nederland and of Nog meer wereldgeschiedenis van Nederland.

Her current research within the LivesLab research group focuses on networks and careers of individuals and groups. In particular, research is being conducted on seamen in the second half of the 17th century (source: Dutch Prize Papers) and on employees of the Netherlands Trading Society, coming from the southern part of the United Kingdom of the Netherlands under King Willem I (Rochus Cenie, Joseph D’Olislager, Charles Pieters and Emmanuel Van der Meersch; source: The Diaries of Willem de Clercq 1811-1844).