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Heritage clusters

Premsela is working with heritage institutions to build an infrastructure for preserving important design artefacts and making them accessible. Design collections and archives are widely dispersed in the Netherlands. Our heritage clusters plan does not provide for a central physical depository but rather encourages the further concentration of existing expertise and historical regional specialisms.

Thus, we aim to house some textile industry archives, such as that of Weverij De Ploeg, in Tilburg, where the Regionaal Archief Tilburg and the Audax Textielmuseum Tilburg can exhibit and provide access to them. Certain silversmiths’ and silver manufacturers’ archives, like Van Kempen en Begeer’s, will be maintained at the Nederlands Zilvermuseum Schoonhoven, with assistance from the Netherlands Institute of Art History. And some jewellery archives, like Onno Boekhoudt’s, will be grouped at CODA in Apeldoorn.

Industrial, fashion and graphic design archives will be watched over by three new discipline-specific institutions: the Louis Kalff Instituut in Eindhoven, Modekern Arnhem, and the forthcoming Grafisch Erfgoedcentrum in Amsterdam. Premsela will provide support for these three heritage clusters, which will work to ensure design archives are maintained on a permanent basis. The Netherlands Institute for Art History in The Hague will constitute a fourth cluster for archives related to independent and applied product design, interior design, industry networks, and related organisations, such as galleries and academies.

Design archives
Premsela works to ensure the preservation of designers’ archives. To that end, with the Netherlands Institute for Art History, we continue to support the Central Register of Design Archives (CRDa) database. The CRDa serves as an indispensable clearinghouse, map and guide to design archives for heritage institutions and archives' creators and users.