Crossroads : Live changing personal WWII narratives

Project: Research

Project Details


In view of the 75th commemoration of the liberation of World War II, Visit Brabant asked BUas to connect the main heritage locations in the province through storytelling in order to attract more visitors.

In 2015, we developed a narrative concept entitled “Crossroads. Life changing stories 40-45”. In 2016, we developed a brand guide which explains storytelling guidelines. In collaboration with Brabant Heritage and Brabant Remembers, in 2017-208, 15 meetings were organized all over the province to collect personal WWII narratives. From over 600 narratives, together with a group of historians, we selected 75 narratives. Under our guidance, these 75 narratives have been rewritten into Crossroads stories by some 20 different authors. Brabant Remembers has launched a marketing campaign and (digital and physical) experiences based on these stories. The aim is to touch visitors and local people emotionally with personal stories from the past, and to offer new ways of interacting with these stories, especially for young people.

The project has been running since 2015. We currently play an advisory role in the development of the Brabant Remembers app (for example augmented reality videos), and in physical products such as the Dilemma Maze and the Stilllevens of Studio Verdult.

Partners: Visit Brabant, Brabant Remembers, Erfgoed Brabant, Stichting Crossroads
Effective start/end date1/01/15 → …


  • World war II
  • storytelling
  • narratives

Research Output

Brabant, brug naar de vrijheid. 75 persoonlijke levensveranderende verhalen

Bijsterveld, A. & Hover, M., 2019, Tilburg: Stichting Crossroads Brabant 40-45. 316 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBookProfessional

  • Van Crossroads naar Brabant Remembers. 75 Personal life changing war stories en de zoektocht naar zorgvuldigheid

    Bijsterveld, A., Hover, M. & klein, F., 2019, Noordbrabants Historisch Jaarboek . Tilburg: Stichting Zuidelijk Historisch Contact, Vol. 36. p. 158-173

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientificpeer-review

    Open Access
    11 Downloads (Pure)


    Storytelling in the leisure and tourism industry: principles, research & projects in practice. Crossroads and Van Gogh Storysperience.

    Moniek Hover (Invited speaker)

    17 Feb 2020

    Activity: Talk or presentationGuest lectures/talks/presentations (not at a conference)


    Moniek Hover (Advisor)

    2 Jun 201918 Oct 2019

    Activity: Consultancy

    Storytelling (Crossroads)

    Moniek Hover (Keynote/plenary speaker)

    25 Sep 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventContribution at workshop, seminar, course