Het Nieuwe Instituut manages an extensive and valuable collection of architecture and design archives. To enhance the consultability of the archive, the collection of architectural drawings, the photo collection and the Theo van Doesburg collection in particular, extensive restoration and conservation is required. The Ministry of Education, Culture and Science (OCW) invests 11 million euros over the coming six years in the visibility – i.e. the restoration and digitisation – of the architectural collection administered by Het Nieuwe Instituut. Het Nieuwe Instituut plans to use this support to achieve two goals: to enhance the collection’s physical consultability and to improve the accessibility of the digitised collection.
‘Closer to Architecture’. Masterplan for the disbursement of 11 million euros
On 17 July, Minister Ingrid van Engelshoven of the Department of Education, Culture and Science (OCW) issued a disbursement letter based on the 'Closer to Architecture’ masterplan officially allocating the first half of the 11 million euros awarded in March for the restoration, conservation and digitisation of Het Nieuwe Instituut’s collection.
Ministry of Education, Culture and Science invests 11 million euros in architectural collection at Rotterdam’s Het Nieuwe Instituut
This one-off injection affords a potentially decisive impulse for the preservation and restoration of the national collection and the acceleration of the current digitalisation and accessibilisation of the archive.