National Archives of the Netherlands (Ministry of Education, Culture and Science)

The National Archives receive nomination for the European Museum of the Year Award 2015

The Nathional Archives’ visitor’s centre and the exhibition The Memory Palace have been nominated for the European Museum of the Year Award 2015. The Award goes to a museum which contributes most directly to attracting audiences and satisfying its visitors with unique atmosphere, imaginative interpretation and presentation, a creative approach to education and social responsibility.
The award ceremony takes place in Glasgow, in May of 2015.

Former winners

The European Museum of the Year Award has previously been awarded to the Gallo-Roman Museum in Tongeren (Belgium), the Victoria and Albert Museum in Londen (United Kingdom) and Catharine Convent State Museum in Utrecht (The Netherlands). Last year’s winner was The museum of Innocence in Istanbul (Turkey).

The Memory Palace

The exhibition takes visitors on a journey through eleven long and short stories which cover almost a thousand years of Dutch history. A selection of original documents, photographs and cards are on display to illustrate the stories hidden away in the archives. Every story has its own room in the exhibition. The rooms feature archive material, as well as personal interpretations of the material and stories by artists and designers. Actor and director Helmert Woudenberg steps into the shoes of Johan van Oldenbarnevelt, singer-songwriter Ricky Koole sings about the VOC women, and the stage company Wunderbaum portrays the difficulties and complexity of divorce in the years before 1971.