Prior to joining the business I worked for more than 10 years in the museum world as a collection manager. I have worked on a lot of tasks and projects but specialised in preservation and storage.
For the last year, I’ve worked for Crown Fine Art as a consultant, advising collection managers of Dutch Museums, and working as project manager for, among others, the Van Gogh Museum and the Mauritshuis.
A few months ago I was asked by the Dutch Province of Friesland to work in a team of specialists to investigate the possibility of building a sustainable storage facility for the Frisian heritage. Working with an architect, an engineer and a building physicist, we discovered that building a sustainable storage facility based on new insights to preserving collections is actually cheaper than building in the traditional way. In the long run it also saves a lot of money in exploiting the building.
We developed a highly efficient building where storing the collections efficiently was fundamental to the design of the building. Next to storing, we also created areas to work on the collection. We love to share this story since it is good news for a lot of collection managers seeing their budgets being under pressure.