Museum Grants: all projects digitally available

17 July 2018

NWO has made the beautifully designed publication on the Museum Grants programme available digitally. It contains interviews and beautiful images related to this funding instrument that enhances the collaboration between heritage and research institutions.

In 2014 the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science and NWO - on the advice of the Council for Culture, the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) and the Museum Association - designed a funding instrument to strengthen the scientific function of museums. The programme  resulted in fourteen grants, which gave employees of as many museums the opportunity to do research. The Museum Grants yielded interesting project results that contribute to both science and the museums involved.

In recent years, the gap between the scientific and the museum world has become increasingly wide. As many recipients of a Museum Grant have indicated, there is often no time left for deepening in addition to the daily museum hectic. The budget is simply missing for that. This is unfortunate, because scientific deepening leads to better exhibitions and, ultimately, to better museums.

On the other hand, museum staff have much to offer science. They have a carefully developed expertise and are often well able to bring their research into the limelight. The gap between science and museums must be closed, according to the consensus. With the museum scholarship program, the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science and NWO make a modest contribution to this.

Source: NWO