Teus Eenkhoorn, director of the Reinwardt Academy
Long-term relations with the professional field promote depth and anchoring
The Reinwardt Academy has an impressive network of heritage institutions in the whole of the Netherlands and Belgium at its fingertips. In addition, we are engaged in setting up long-term relations with a number of knowledge institutes. This will enable us to combine hands-on training with research so that students can work in more depth. Advanced students can coach the younger ones, ideas from one intake can be further fleshed out by a later one, and we will be able to deploy our various specialisations. The institutes with which we cooperate offer the students a lot of freedom and trust. In Delft we can run a museum for a number of years and investigate such topics as public participation, exhibition constriction or sponsoring. Of course, it all takes place on the responsibility of the institute itself, but the museums give our students a lot of freedom and put considerable trust in them. Students must also be allowed to fail; in the last resort it is still a learning environment.
There are also various graduation projects in the wings on collection management, collection conservation and ethics; there are countless possibilities and opportunities for students. The tutors in Public and Participation and myself are engaged in talks with the Rijksmuseum regarding a long-term cooperation on innovative ways of reaching, surprising and seducing the public. We are also talking about testing these new concepts. You can see that working with young students for whom social networks and new technologies are a part of their upbringing is also interesting for institutes such as the Rijksmuseum.