Museum Boerhaave: Fears, Friends, FutureLeiden ScienceCommunicationSeminars21 November 2012Dirk van DelftMuseum BoerhaaveLeiden University
Museum Boerhaave: National Museum for the History of Science and Medicine Founded in 1928 Present location: 1991Collection: 100,000 artefacts, books, paintings (2000 in the permanent exhibition)Staff: 35 FTEMission:Based on its unique, magnificent collection,Museum Boerhaave aspires to appeal to arich and varied audience, to excite andeducate them, in a way that is fun for them.In this regard, the museums constant aim isto dovetail with current events, never losingsight of the goal of creating support for sciencein society.
Museum Boerhaave shows five centuries of Dutch innovationHuygens pendulum Big electromagnetNarcose mask Auzoux model
Pieterskerk, fundraising dinner, 15 December 2011
Save Boerhaave!Challenge June 2011: raise 700.000 euro extra own income, this year
November 2010: Zijlstra’s Museum Criterions1. Numbers of visitors2. Cultural entrepeneurship3. Education and youngster participation4. International renowed collection5. Decentralisation6. Innovation Recent acquisition: Land surveyor; Golden Age
Letter of Zijlstra to the Parliament, 10 June 2011Entry requirement museums for the new cultural infrastructure 2013 t/m 2016:Own income for 2010 and 2011 should be at least 17,5%!Failure: only money to take care of the collection and closure tot the publicLetter Januari 2010 from minister Plasterk: in 2012 standard must be met Oldest heliocentric planetarium
Lobby:- Museum Boerhaave is unique (medicine)- Expertise in collection management (restoration atelier)- International reputation- Programs in promoting science education (shortage)- Numbers of visitors are shooting up- Own income on the rise- Positive visitation report- No financial argumentEffect: 0 (zero) in spite of broad attention in the mediaReason: politicalConsequence: 700.000 euro EXTRA own income, to be raised in six months
Active attitude:invest in innovating projects and go after sponsorsProjects:- Treasure island Boerhaave- Water playground- Renewal permanent exhibition- Transformation Anatomical Theater- Collection research- Technolab hands on education
Who are those friends? Mathematical instruments
Lady D.donation of 100,000 euro! Ionica Smeets lecturing for Museum Kids University
Consequences for the Museum Boerhaave organization- solidarity, all hens on deck!- compliance, hospitality- flexibility- creativity, inventiveness- less attention for collection management- resilience- cooperation, openness- changes are permanent! Strip ‘Newton in the Netherlands’
Mixed feelings Zijlstra played a dirty trick on us Museum Boerhaave has taken advantage of the situation Never waste a good crisis!
Challenge 2013-16: Renewal of the permanent exhibitionFrom Chronological presentation of scientific instrumentsTo Telling thematic stories using, among other things, original artefactsThemes:Golden Age Enlightment Body & soulSpace & time Nobel Prize NL MedicineThe engineer Modern life The laboratory
Museum Boerhaave new style:• It’s all about the real thing• Nothing can compete with the historical sensation• Don’t worship artefacts in isolation, but incorporate them into fascinating stories• Don’t concentrate on technical explanations but offer relevant contextsOther ingredients of these stories: Auzoux collection- Pictures- Film clips- Archive material- Interactive displays- Augmented reality- Models- Games