Den Bosch Time Machine

Den Bosch Time Machine brings 800 years of local history to life. Our goal is to connect and visualize big data from the past, to see what patterns and relationships can be identified between historical persons, locations and events. Like a historical Google Earth which allows you to navigate in the city, through time and space. Or a medieval Facebook, because it reveals personal networks from the past. Den Bosch Time Machine makes the history of 's-Hertogenbosch accessible to the public.

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Handwriting recognition Bosch Protocol

The archive of 'Bosch Protocol' consists of million legal documents from the old magistrates or 'schepenen' of 's-Hertogenbosch. This archive is among the most important historical sources in 's-Hertogenbosch and its surrounding region. It offers unique information about people, locations and events between 1366 and 1810, which is mostly lost in other archives. Million records are digitalized and online available. Crowdsourcing, research by Huygens ING and handwriting recognition make it easier to find the right records.

Image Recognition

Artificial intelligence offers a completely new perspective on tens of thousands images in the archive of 's-Hertogenbosch. WalnutData, a company of talented students of Jheronimus Academy of Data Science (JADS), has built an image explorer which automatically adds tags, keywords, relations and colour. This technique of image recognition makes it possible to search for specific animals, objects and even emotion. 



VR game in 's-Hertogenbosch

Virtual reality games make historical collection and information accessible for a broad public. Students of art school SintLucas use our 3D-reconstructions to create a game in which it is possible to visit 's-Hertogenbosch around 1500. Meet multiple medieval persons and help them finding their personal belongings. 


Interactive map from 1832

Searching for your ancestor's possessions used to be a time consuming job, because you had to plough through many old maps and thick registers. In cooperation with HisGis the Heritage Department of 's-Hertogenbosch has built an interactive map which takes you back to the city in 1832. Also, together with local organisations we use interactive maps to make historical stories, objects and images accessible to the public.

Heritage on location

Walk or cycle through the history of 's-Hertogenbosch with location based route apps. Visit the Siege of 's-Hertogenbosch during the Eighty Years War via the route app 'Linie 1629'. By using this app two guides from the 17th century will appear on your phone in Augmented Reality (AR). Discover the city centre in 360° and 3D with the 'Erfgoed 's-Hertogenbosch Route App'.

Den Bosch in 360º and 3D

There are many ways to discover the heritage of 's-Hertogenbosch. We offer 3D-expositions and virtual tours through the finest monuments, like the home of famous painter Jheronimus Bosch.


Den Bosch Time Machine connects big data from the past: kilometres of historical archives, objects, archaeological finds and monuments in one digital information system. We do this in collaboration with other cities in Europe and with a large number of partners from the fields of research, heritage, museums, the creative industry, the tourism industry, social partners, education and the inhabitants of 's-Hertogenbosch.

Den Bosch Time Machine is part of Time Machine Europe. This project aims to build one information system on 2000 years of European History. In The Netherlands there are multiple cities with their own Time Machine: 

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