A new perspective on heritage

As of 1 January 2021, Het Nieuwe Instituut became a heritage institution. In the new policy period, the term “innovation” no longer pertains to the creative industry, but to the desire to connect the past and the future on the basis of the National Collection and/or other archives. Network formation and partnerships are essential for making the collection accessible. Using different forms of research – speculative, academic, design, public – we are developing new approaches to looking at the archive, assigning value to it and giving it meaning. After all, the collection’s meaning is not fixed, but is constantly changing and has to be made and proven time and again. More generally, the central question is how heritage institutions can give expression to a greater diversity of voices and improved accessibility through their organisation, collections and associated acquisitions and accessibility policies.