A new educational programme for vocational students at Amsterdam’s Museum Van Loon traces the links between modern-day design and old domestic trades and crafts. Established in autumn in partnership with Premsela, it’s the country’s first longterm museum-run educational project for trades schools.
Fewer and fewer young people are choosing specialised vocational education. Yet sustainable manufacturing and dedication to producing quality goods are becoming increasingly important. Demand for such products is rising, and craft businesses make up a significant part of the Dutch economy. In the next decade, the country will need 250,000 new tradespeople, while the number of vocational students is predicted to decline steadily.
Crafts then and now
Students in fields such as woodworking and furniture-making will tour the Museum Van Loon’s canal house, garden and coach house and learn about historic styles, materials and techniques in the setting where they were practised. The museum hopes to encourage a revaluation of creative craftsmanship in the context of contemporary design and craft.
Museum Van Loon
The canal house museum began conducting educational activities in the coach house this autumn. The museum, which traditionally showed how the Van Loon family lived, now also sheds light on how the people who worked in the house spent their days.