The adoption desk for Dutch heritage

Spurred on by the closure of the Scryption Museum in Tilburg, the Foundation of Disinherited Goods was established in 2012 to generate public and governmental awareness about the consequences heavy budget cuts have on the cultural sector. Thus, the founders of the FDG (Kate Marchand, Jolande Otten and Dieuwertje Wijsmuller) created a program to use the ‘orphaned’ museum collection – the objects left to abandonment at the sudden closure of the museum – to better communicate the value of heritage in society.

As a result, the FDG specializes in collection management strategies by offering guidance and assistance in the (re)examination of collection polices and practices of an institution. Following the directives and/or recommendations of the Dutch LAMO: Guidelines for the Deaccessioning of Museum Objects and the ICOM International Code of Ethics, among other publications, the foundation can, for example, assist organizations in (re)defining their policy plan, offer aid throughout a collection (re)evaluation project and help set criteria for a deaccessioning and disposal plan. Furthermore, once an institution has independently decided to deaccession certain works from their collection, the foundation is willing and able to dispose of these objects by offering them up for adoption (aka sale) to the general public at it’s physical location in Eindhoven and via its online webshop.

In an attempt to become a knowledge center for collection management, the foundation regularly host debates focusing on topics of museolocial importance such as ‘the future of the “shared”depot’ and ‘the rights of an artist in disposal matters’ as well as performs research in the field to maintain an overview of the Dutch situation.

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