Stichting Onterfd Goed
The adoption desk of Dutch heritage
Yep, that’s me on the picture and this down here is going to be my promotional ‘talk’ about the foundation I work for, namely: Stichting Onterfd Goed (ENG: The Foundation of Disinherited Goods). Stichting Onterfd Goed started in 2012 by three entrepreneurs as a response to the heavy budget cuts on the cultural (heritage) sector in the Netherlands. They see an opportunity to use so-called orphaned museum collections to generate public and governmental awareness. To be more specific: Stichting Onterfd Goed wants to better communicate the value of heritage in society by organizing public debates and other activities which may draw the attention of the media.
On top of this, Stichting Onterfd Goed also promotes the re-examination of collection policies of institutions to ensure that they are in conformation with current museological practices. Especially now these policies and standards are put under difficult questions, such as:
“Are museums, the government or the public responsible to govern and finance the museum sector?”
Thus, as a core function, the Stichting Onterfd Goed is specialized in the dismantling of museum collections. When applicable, it is done following the guidelines or recommendations of the Dutch LAMO Guidelines for the Deaccessioning of Museum Objects and the ICOM International Code of Ethics. To dismantle a museum collection takes a lot of time, think about in-depth studies, thorough researches and co-operations with external experts to determine which, if there are any, objects are significant to Dutch heritage. If they are found, they will be kept in heritage institutions, if possible. However, the remaining items will be put up for public adoption (Stichting Onterfd Goed-term for selling) or recycled by artists, students and researchers.
Stichting Onterfd Goed is located in de Gruyterfabriek in ‘s-Hertogenbosch and we have an enormous space of 1400 m² with all kinds of treasures from (old) museum and governmental collections you can adopt (read: buy). So, if you like to nose around and want to find some one of a kind pieces, come to Brabant!
Stichting Onterfd Goed
Veemarktkade 8 (entrance F, location 4109)
Phone: +31 06 51995393
Opening hours: Mon. – Sat. from 09:30u till 17:00u