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News, March 22, 2020


Corona Virus (Covid 19)

The measures related to the outbreak of the Corona Virus have affected us and our relations in many ways. We continue our activities in line with governmental regulations and recommendations.

That means that until further notice TiMe Amsterdam:
- is normally reachable by telephone and e-mail.
- adapts its activities to the circumstances, in consultation with clients.
- communicates with clients and/or other parties by calls (or group conference calls).
- Skype, Facetime, Whatsapp, Zoom and Microsoft Teams or mobile/landline telephone and e-mails are used.

We express our sincere hope that the situation will be normalized again as soon as possible, and we do so with the utmost respect for all those in the front line and our sympathy with those affected directly by Covid 19.

With kind regards,
Petra Timmer & Max Meijer


News, December, 25 2019
We wish all our partners and colleagues a happy New Year!


News, June 16, 2019
Lecture International Museum Day, AMI/DKI Jakarta


May 18th is the annual International Museum Day of the Interational Council Of Museums (ICOM). This year's theme was 'Museums as Cultural Hubs, the Future of Tradition'. The Asosiasi Museum Indonesia DKI Jakarta (Jakarta branch of the Indonesian Museums Association) invited TiMe Amsterdam (Max Meijer) to present a key note lecture on this theme at the occasion of IMD. The session was held 18 May at the grand auditorium of Museum Santa Maria in Central Jakarta.  More than 100 museum professionals from Jakarta Province attended the meeting. The subject of museums as cultural hubs will be discussed further bij AMI/DKI in the future.


News, May 24, 2019
Panel discussion Indonesian Parliament Museum, Jakarta


May 15,  the DPR RI (the Indonesian Parliament, House of Representatives) organized a forum discussion at the occasion of International Museum Day 2019. The public debate, which was broadcasted on DPR TV channel als well, dealt with the future of the DPR Museum as a bridge between parliament and the population. Max Meijer was invited by the Indonesian Museums Association AMI to participate in the forum as an independent expert. From Indonesia two eminent speakers participated, Member of Parliament Mr Putu Supadma Rudana and Dr Ali Akbar, head of the Cultural History section of the Universitas Indonesia. About 100 museum professionals attended.
(photo;  Max Meijer and Petra Timmer in the grand assembly hall of MPR/DPR)


News, March 21, 2019
Interview in Museumvisie Magazine


In this month's issue of the Dutch magazine Museumvisie, an interview with Max Meijer was published. The text in Dutch consists of some provocative questions concerning (ethical) issues, such as colonial heritage, contested issues in museums, commercialization of heritage, capacity building abroad.

News, 21 February 2019
Netherlands - Bauhaus publication and exhibition in Boijmans Van Beuningen Museum, Rotterdam


Recently Boijmans Van Beuningen Museum published Netherlands - Bauhaus, pioneers of a new world. Petra Timmer (TiMe Amsterdam) contributed to this book with an essay about the Dutch department store Metz & Co and its relation with the German design academy Bauhaus in the 1920s and 30s. This publication is connected with the exhibition Netherlands - Bauhaus in Boijmans, in which Metz & Co is also one of the subjects. Bauhaus was founded in 1919, and this exhibition/publication is one of many commemorative manifestations.
Netherlands - Bauhaus, pioneers of a new world, Boijmans Van Beuningen Museum Rotterdam, 8 February - 26 May 2019.
The publication in Dutch and English is available via the museum's webshop.

News, 21 February 2019
Feasability study loans Monet paintings Zaan area to Zaans Museum

Monet Zaan

TiMe Amsterdam (Petra Timmer) has completed the feasability study into the willingness of 24 international owners (museums and private collectors) of Monet paintings of the Zaan area / river Zaan to lend their work to the Zaans Museum. The report was delivered to the Zaans Museum on 15 February. The result of the research is very favorable: all reactions to the plan were positive. The uniqueness of the exhibition, in which for the first time the 25 paintings Monet made in the Zaan area in 1871 meet again on the spot where they were created, is recognized. The exhibition is planned for 2024, when 'Monet at the Zaan' is commemorated with a large public manifestation.
(photo: Voorzaan and Westerhem by Monet, 1891, Collection Zaans Museum, Zaandam)


News, 18 December 2018
Sino-Dutch Museum Seminar, Beijing


December 12, Max Meijer (TiMe Amsterdam) was one of the lecturers during the Sino-Dutch museum seminar, held in the National Arts Museum of China in Beijing (NAMOC). This event, aiming at capacity building and professional cooperation, was organized by NAMOC and the Netherlands Embassy in Beijing. Other Dutch lecturers present were Annemies Broekgaarde (Rijksmuseum) and Marc Pil (Reinward Academy/Jacob Ahlbom Company). 60 museum directors and senior staff from all over China attended the seminar.


News, 05 December 2018
Capacity Building Training Indonesian Museums, Jakarta


Max Meijer, TiMe Amsterdam, participates as lecturer in a four days training, held in Jakarta Indonesia.
The training, part of a MoU between the Dutch and Indonesian Ministries of Culture and Education, focuses on Museum visitors, marketing and audience development. The training is partly held at museums, including the National Museum, The Jakarta Historical Museum, Museum Bank Indonesia and Museum Bank Mandiri. Alltogether some 30 museums from all over the archipelago participate.  Hasti Tarekat (Heritage hands on) and Liesbeth Diepenhorst (Rotterdam Martime Museum) were also member of the Dutch team.


News, 22 September 2018
Exploration cooperation new maritime museum Jakarta


At the request of a Dutch client, TiMe Amsterdam paid a visit to the management of the Indonesian Port Corporations (IPC, PT Pelabuhan Indonesia II, Persero) in Tanjung Priok (the seaport of Jakarta) on 19 September. This organization, which is responsible for all Indonesian seaports, will soon open a museum in the former head office in Tanjung Priok. This museum should develop into a knowledge center and public attraction. Subject is the narrative of maritime trade in Indonesia in the past, present and future.
Because part of this history and the origin of the Indonesian seaports is closely connected with our shared colonial past, IPC seeks cooperation with partners in the Netherlands. This collaboration aims at knowledge exchange and possible cooperation between museums. TiMe Amsterdam has been asked to play an intermediary and exploratory role. (photo IPC Tanjung Priok)


News 15 September 2018
SWOT and advice Njana Tilem Museum, Ubud, Bali


The Indonesian Njana Tilem Museum is dedicated to the work of the Balinese master sculptors Ida Bagus Njana 1912 -1980) and Ida Bagus Tilem (1936-1993) (father and son). Their highly skilled wood carving represents Balinese subjects and style, with a discernible awareness of Western art, more specifically Art Deco. Njana and Tilem lived and worked in Desa Mas (Ubud), and that is where the museum is located.

The museum was founded in 2011 by Tilem’s two sons, I. B. Gede Ary Purnama and I. B. Alit Suryadi, to fulfill the dream of their late father: showing the extraordinary sculptures of Njana and Tilem, including Tilem’s collection of Balinese paintings and antique wood carvings. This dream originated in New York in 1964, when Tilem was invited to represent Indonesia in the World Exhibition. The New York museums inspired him to strive for a museum about Balinese wood carving, with his and his father’s work as nucleus.

The museum is privately owned and operated, and on behalf of the family managed by Alit Suryadi. He is supported by a small staff. A Dutch stakeholder requested TiMe Amsterdam to visit the museum and see if they could be of any assistance. The museum would like to attract more visitors and develop itself towards a more professional managed heritage institute. On May 10 2018, Max Meijer and Petra Timmer visited the museum and met Alit Suryadi. In July they finalized a paper that summarises their first impressions and proposal how to take first steps towards further improvement.  


News 15 September 2018
Feasibility study international loans Monet exhibition


The Zaans Museum has the ambition to devote a major exhibition to the Zaandam works by Claude Monet. In the summer of 1871 he stayed for four months North of Amsterdam, in Zaandam and the river Zaan area. He made no less than 25 paintings, an equally atmospheric and striking series that has a defined a place in the oeuvre of the great French impressionist. What he reflected was the archetypal Dutch landscape with windmills, sailing ships and the typical coloured Zaanse wooden houses, the image that every foreigner has of the Netherlands. Monet helped to create that image of Holland with this Zaandam series. In the exhibition these works will be reunited and can be viewed as a specific group for the first time. Moreover, it is the first time they return to their place of origin, where you can still see what Monet saw in 1871. The Zaans Museum has asked TiMe Amsterdam (Petra Timmer) to lead a feasibility study into the acquisition of international loans, and to develop a strategic plan for this. The 25 works and nine drawings are in museums and private collections around the world. This
The final report of the loan feasibility study is scheduled for December 2018.


News, 8 September 2018
Interpretive museum planning Galle Fort, Sri Lanka


Since December 2016, TiMe Amsterdam (Max Meijer) has been secretary for a consultancy assignment in Sri Lanka. The Dutch embassy there provides guidance and development capacity to the Galle Heritage Foundation, the government agency responsible for the management of Galle Fort, Living Unesco World Heritage Site. The assignment is being carried out by TiMe Amsterdam in collaboration with Museum Mind (Paul Ariese). During this fourth visit, planning and execution of the previously formulated public presentations were discussed and tested for feasibility. To this end, conclusive agreements have been made with the Galle Heritage Foundation. A number of parties also discussed a possible extension of the project by linking it to a conservation master plan funded by the World Bank and directed by the Sri Lanka Ministry for Southern Development. At the request of the most important technical university of the country, the University of Moratua, a lecture plus Q & A session was held on 21 August for all students of the Faculty of Architecture. The Moratua university is strongly involved in heritage development and planning. It is expected that a visit to Galle will be made later this year for monitoring the progress of the various sub-projects.


News 01 September 2018
Training museums Indonesia in Yogyakarta


From 16 - 20 July the kick-off took place of a three-year cooperation between the Netherlands and Indonesia in the field of museums and heritage. Up to and including 2020, a number of training courses will be provided annually. Initiating parties are the Directorate of Museums and Heritage of the Ministry of Culture in Indonesia and the National Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands (Shared Cultural Heritage policy). For the training program the Reinwardt Academy is the executive party. TiMe Amsterdam (Max Meijer) has been hired by the Reinwardt Academy as an external trainer. On behalf of the Reinwardt Academy, Riemer Knoop is trainer and Hasti Tarekat coordinates the training.
During the first week, a series of lectures and workshops about how to develop social/external orientation in museum programs and policies, were presented to thirty museum directors and thirty staff members. On the Indonesian side, Professor Suratman (Universitas Gaja Mada) and Professor Kresno Julianto (Universitas Indonesia) were involved as guest lecturers. The Indonesian Ministry has already carried out an evaluation. This showed that this first training was very well appreciated and that the suggestions were stimulating. This is encouraging because Indonesian museums are still strongly internal focussed and collection oriented. The training’s mission seems to be accomplished: the acceptance of external orientation as a development model.


News, 25 August 2018
Exploratory mission railway heritage Indonesia


Since 2011, TiMe Amsterdam has been involved in cooperation between the Netherlands and Indonesia in the area of railway heritage. Under the direction of the Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands (RCE), a number of missions, workshops and training courses were completed in recent years for the heritage department of the national railway company PT Kereta Api. From 7 - 12 July, Max Meijer (TiMe Amsterdam) and Ben de Vries (RCE) were in Jakarta, Semarang and Ambarawa to map future cooperation needs. These mainly concern the use of the railway heritage, own revenue generation and strengthening of the public experience at the various locations. It concerns the former head office of the Nederlandsch-Indische Spoorweg Maatschappij (Lawang Sewu) in Semarang, the Indonesian Railway Museum in Ambarawa and two other sites on Sumatra.
TiMe Amsterdam has been asked to make a proposal for possible future consultancy, in close cooperation with RCE.


News 25 August 2018
Exploration private museums Malacca


TiMe Amsterdam visited Malacca (Malaysia) between 29 July and 3 August. Interest in this historical Straits Settlement was twofold: on the one hand, there are similarities with TiMe's mission in Galle Fort Sri Lanka: the effects of mass tourism on world heritage sites. Secondly, there was a request from a party in the Netherlands to visit the the Baba & Nyonya Heritage Museum, meet its management, share our ideas about managing and keeping a house museum and see if we could provide additional knowledge.
For this reason the Malacca visit focused primarily on the position and function of private museums in the cultural context of the city. Apart from private museums, Malacca has a dozen government museums that are all focussed on the classic nation building narrative. The private museums let the voice of the different cultural communities resonate. After all, Malacca is a melting pot of Chinese, Portuguese, Malaysian and other original inhabitants and settlers. TiMe spoke with Melissa Chan and Lee Yuen Thien, curator and manager of the Baba & Nyonya Heritage Museum; with Jason Tiu, chairman of the Malacca Hakka Museum, and with Colin Goh, manager of Heerenstraat 8, the Heritage Center of Malacca. Later feedback with the various parties will follow. It became clear that the carrying capacity of the Unesco World Heritage Zone and the advancing urbanization in and around the buffer zone, not only physically burden the heritage, but also threaten the underlying social fabric. This development of gentrification and commercialization can be seen as the price of success of world heritage site. An adequate answer has not been found yet.


News 25 August 2018
Assessment and workshop Museum Santa Maria Jakarta


Following the visit of the curator of the Museum of the convent Santa Maria (Sisters Ursulines) in Jakarta, Suster Lucia Anggraini, TiMe Amsterdam (Petra Timmer and Max Meijer) paid a return visit on 25 and 26 July 2018. First they made a quick scan assessment of the current museum setup and performance. The results were discussed during a workshop on the second day, for which around 25 internal and external stakeholders were invited. The workshop was moderated effectively by Piter Edward (policy adviser Australian Embassy), Petra Timmer presented TiMe’s vision on the museum, while Max Meijer provided a general introduction to museum development. A lively discussion followed. According to the organization, the day was an important step in the process of innovation and professionalization of this small but highly relevant museum within the Indonesian context. Its vitality is due to the embedding in the current convent - a conglomerate of various lower, secondary and vocational education institutions - opposite the presidential palace in Jakarta. There, this Ursuline convent has been established since 1856, as the first nunnery in Indonesia, with branches throughout Indonesia


News, February 6, 2018
Assignment of future document NEMO

NEMO Science Museum in Amsterdam reflects on its future. Part of the process is the formulation of strategic documents that describe options for the future. TiMe Amsterdam was asked to provide support in the formulation of such a scenario. Work will start this week and will be completed this spring.

News, 27 January 2018
Redevelopment permanent presentation Museum Bronbeek, Arnhem

TiMe Amsterdam and Duinzand Museale Projecten have jointly won the pitch that the Ministry of Defense issued at the end of last year for the new permanent exhibition in Museum Bronbeek in Arnhem. The museum wants to renew the entire permanent public presentation for the period 2020-2030. One of the reasons is the departure of the Indisch Herinneringscentrum - which was co-producer of the current presentation 'The story of the Indies' - to The Hague. Together with Duinzand we presented the new Bronbeek plans with the museum’s main stakeholders and colleagues, and developed a storyline for the new installation concept. It is the explicit wish of the museum to present itself more emphatically as a museum of colonial history. While taking into account its own position as Ministry of Defense Museum. (Image: De Gelderlander 26 January 2018) ____________________________________________________________________________

News, 24 November 2017
Evaluation federal museums Belgium

TiMe Amsterdam has been involved in the evaluation and peer review of a number of federal museums in Brussels. From March 2016 thru October 2017, TiMe worked as a subcontractor to the international research agency Technopolis, which evaluated the federal museums of Belgium. Petra Timmer was project leader for the research at the Royal Museums of Fine Arts. Max Meijer did this for the Royal Museums for Art and History. In addition to analyses, which were processed into a synthesis report and a self-evaluation by the respective museums, the research consisted of an international peer review, in which TiMe, among other things, composed the teams. From abroad, among others, directors of the Weltmuseum, Vienna, the Louvre, Paris, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, National Galleries of Scotland and the Centre Pompidou in Paris participated as peer reviewers. At Technopolis's request, Max Meijer was also a member of the peer review team of the Royal Museum for Central Africa in Tervuren in May 2017. The client, the Belgian Federal Agency for Science Policy (BELSPO), published summaries of the evaluations digitally: Summary of the KMKG Evaluation Abstract Evaluation Royal Museum Central Africa It is expected that the Summary of the evaluation of the Fine Arts Museums will also be published on-line soon.

News, 21 November 2017
Business Plan Sarawak Museum Campus

During the last few months we have been working on a Business Plan for the new Sarawak Museum Campus that is currently being built in Kuching, the capital of the Malaysian state of Sarawak. On November 20, the first concept was discussed with the client in the Netherlands. The intention is that the document describing the future organization will be completed in the coming month, after which it will be presented in Kuching in January.

News, November 18, 2017
Follow-up assignment Sri Lanka
The Dutch Embassy in Colombo (Sri Lanka) has given TiMe Amsterdam a follow-up assignment for advice and capacity building for the Galle Heritage Foundation. TiMe acts as the contracting party for this assignment, which is carried out jointly with Museum Mind (Paul Ariese). The start of the project, which is a follow-up to two previous sessions in the colonial Fort in Galle, takes place during a visit to Colombo and Galle in mid-December this year. The work will then be continued in 2018.


News, 04 June 2017
Peer Review Afrika Museum Tervuren, Belgium

On 30 and 31 May Max Meijer (TiMe Amsterdam) took part in an international peer review of the Afrika Museum in Tervuren. This concerned the assessment of the museum’s public function. The Afrika Museum is currently awaiting reopening after a complete redesign and expansion. The peer review was commissioned by the Belgian federal science agency Belspo. TiMe Amsterdam was asked to participate by Technopolis-Group, Amsterdam, responsible for the evaluations of all federal scientific institutions in Belgium. It is expected that the Afrika Museum (formerly the Royal Museum of Central Africa) will reopen in 2018.


News, December 12, 2016
Field trip Colombo and Galle


From December 4 till December 10 Max Meijer traveled to Sri Lanka. Commissioned by he Netherlands Embassy in Colombo, TiMe Amsterdam and business partner Paul Ariese have been requested to support the Galle Heritage Foundation. This institute works on the museum development of Galle Fort, World Heritage Site in South Province, Sri Lanka. Early 2017, both contractors will facilitate a capacity building workshop in Galle. There initial concepts for innovative heritage presentations will be presented and discussed. Photo: Galle Heritage Foundation President  Channa Daswatte and Max Meijer during the site visit at Moon Bastion, Galle Fort.


News, April 4, 2016
Evaluation Management Brussels Federal Museums

Schone Kunsten

TiMe Amsterdam participates in the evaluation of two federal museums in Brussels, Belgium. The upcoming year the scientific institutes in Belgium, funded by the federal science agency BELSPO, will face a formative evaluation. The Royal Museum of Fine Arts and the Royal Museum of Art and History are part of this evaluation scheme. The main focus of the project is a self assesment and a peer review. TiMe Amsterdam will operate as sub-contractor of the international Technopolis-group who won the tender for the assignment. TiMe Amsterdam will provide complementary museological knowledge and has been requested to deliver the project managment. Petra Timmet will act as project manager for the Fine Arts Museum; Max Meijer acts as such for for the Museum of Arts and History. With appx. 80 advisory days, this project represents some of the larger assigments of TiMe Amsterdam in recent years.

News, October 27, 2015
Training UNESCO Jakarta Office


From 18-22 October. Max Meijer presented lectures during a training on Buddhist World Heritage in Indonesia and Afghanistan. The training held at Borobudur temple complex and in Jogyakarta.
Aim was to increase the capacity of Museum Staff to manage and interpret cultural heritage represented in Buddhist heritage sites. 25 Indonesian museumprofessionals participated in this training, which will be followed bij an in depts cours mid-November.


News, October 26, 2015
Workshop Collection Management and Development Railway Heritage Indonesia

Ambarawa 2015

The past month TiMe Amsterdam commisioned several projects in Indonesia. Late September/early October Max Meijer presented lectures in Ambarawa (Central Java) during a workshop on Railway Heritage in Indonesia. This workshop was co-organized by the Netherlands Cultural Heritrage Agency (RCE) as part of their Shared Cultural Heritage Program. Max Meijer was commisioned as an subcontractor by RCE and delivered lectures togehter with Ben de Vries of RCE. Their contributions focused on collectionmanagement and development, including valuation, marketing and target group policy, cooperation between railway heritage institutions in Indonesia and the completion of the revitalization of the railway museum in Ambarawa. The intention is that this museum will reopen in 2016. TiMe Amsterdam is participating in this revitalization project as a subcontractor of the RCE since 2010.

News, October 25, 2015
Assessment Abanda Aceh Tsunami Museum Indonesia


From 7 to October 12 was TiMe Amsterdam completed an assessment of the Banda Aceh Tsunami Museum. TiMe Amsterdam was participated in a committe of  5  experts from Japan, Australia and the Netherlands, commissioned by UNESCO Jakarta Office. Aim of the assessment was to deliver a set of recommendations concerning the current performance and future potential and revitalization of the Aceh Tsunami Museum. In addition to exploratory talks in Jakarta, a field survey was carried out in Banda Aceh during three days, followed by a consensus building meeting, in Jakarta October 12th. In this plenary meeting stakeholders from governments and NGOs participated. Max Meijer presented there the findings of the assessment team. (Photo Max Meijer, with former Minister of Culture Prof. Djojonegoro Jakarta, October 12, 2015)


News, April 17, 2015
Shared Cultural Heritage course Indonesia-The Netherlands


Indonesian museum staff members comptleted an intensive two-week training on museum-revitalisation and shared cultural heritage. This training organized by the Netherlands Cultural Heritage Agency (Rijksdienst voor Cultureel Erfgoed, RCE), TiMe Amsterdam participated as subcontractor for RCE. The course took place in close cooperation with Amsterdam's Reinwardt Academy Master of Museology programme. The two weeks in The Netherlands were a follow-op of a ten days course held in Sangiran and Solo (Central Java, Indonesia) in October 2014.
Max Meijer was one of the trainers there as well. During the closing session RCE's  Head of Collections, Michaela Hanssen presented the Certificates of Training to the participants from site-museums in Pleret, Sawahlunto, Trowulan, UGM Yogjakarta and Borobudur Studio. RCE coordinates the Dutch governmental Shared Cultural Heritage Programme which aims at mutual cooperation with countries related to The Netherlands by historical links. 

News, March 16, 2015
Masterplan National Genever Museum (Gin Museum)

On March 16th,  TiMe Amsterdam, presented a planning scheme for the preparation of a Master Plan for the renovation of the National Genever Museum in Schiedam. The presentation took place at Schiedam City Hall on request of Mayor and Alderman of the city and the museums Board. Following the exploration of a future-proof Jenevermuseum TiMe Amsterdam was asked recently to work out the recommendations presented in November 2014. These recommendations suggested a stronger connection between Museum and the City and more conceptual focus on Genever as part of local and national social history.

News, December 16, 2014
Study trip Dresden and Berlin


Last week, the Foundation Museums and Memory Centers 40-45 (SMH 40-45) made a short trip to Berlin and Dresden. At the invitation of the National Committee 4 and 5 May, a number of museums and memorial centers were visited. The pary consisted of the 11 affiliated museums and remembrence centres and some representatives of the Ministry of WVS, vfonds, Liberation Route Europe and the National Committee. Max Meijer, TiMe Amsterdam attended in his capacity as project secretary of the SMH 40-45. Visits were made to include the Jewish Museum, Berlin, Haus der Wannsee Konferenz and Militarhistorisches Museum Dresden. During the trip, participants talked about the future of the Dutch museums and memorial centers and mutual cooperation. (Photo: Group at the Militarhistorisches Museum Dresden).

News, October 27, 2014
Training site-museums Indonesia 


On behalf of the Netherlands Cultural Heritage Agency (Ministry of Culture) RCE, Max Meijer (TiMe Amsterdam) presented from 10 to 21 October a number of contributions to a training-workshop for employees of Indonesian-site museums. The training team from The Netherlands consisted of RCE advisors Bart Ankersmit and Arjen Kok and TiMe’s Max Meijer. 30 Indonesian museum colleagues attended the meetings, held in Solo and Sangiran, Central Java. Focus was the revitalization of existing museums and planning some new site museums in the entire archipelago. Max Meijer’s contributions focused on the central role and importance of museum concepts and 'storylnes', community ownership and shared cultural heritage with emphasis on colonial heritage. Exploratory and informative visits were conducted after the training in Jakarta to the Cultural Department of the Dutch Embassy, the Director General of the Ministry of Culture and the Department of Culture of UNESCO South-East Asia. In Ambarawa the team visited the National Iundonesian Railway Museum. TiMe Amsterdam is also involved in the training of staff at this museum which is being completely refurbished and hopes to re-open next year.

News, June 24, 2014
Training Course ITB Bandung


The Visual Communication and Multimedia Research Group of the Institute Technology Bandung (ITB) takes a three-week tailor made training course in the Netherlands, organized by MDF training & consulancy in cooperation with Reinwardt Academy.
Max Meijer was asked by Reinwardt Academy  to participate as a guest lecturer on June 23 in The Hague During the morning he delivered a lecture on the cooperation between heritage institutions and creative industries. Examples from both the Netherlands and Indonesia served as examples for a group discussion on mutual challenges, threats and conditions.


News, May 27, 2014
Museum Planning: heritage chain Battle of Arnhem venues


On May 20, Max Meijer presented plans at Arnhems Town Hall for a joint venture of Airborne Museum, Eusebius Church and municipality. The plans are following a request of this joint venture to research feasibility and possible concepts. The three partners are planning a revitalization of public presentations and information concerning the Battle of Arnhem in venues like the John Frost bridge visitors centre and the tower of the Arnhem central church. It is expected that the plans are currently being discussed by the Arnhem City Council on behalf of implementation.

News, March 18, 2014
AMIEX Conference Torino

AMIEX 2014

11 and 12 March TiMe Amsterdam took part in the conference AMIEX 2014 in Turin. On recommendation of the Museum Association and invited by the Dutch Embassy in Italy, Max Meijer moderated a workshop. During this workshop "Create-Sell” possible cooperation between museums and the creative industries were explored. With some best practices as major input. Introductions were delivered by six international experts: Shaika Nasser Al-Nasr (Museum of Islamic Art, Qatar), Martijn Pronk (Rijksmuseum), Kris Callens (Zuiderzeemuseum), Silvano Stracci (Sistema Museo Pesaro) and Lucca Melcionna (MART Rovereto), followed by discussion and a wrap up by Toine Berbers (Netherlands Museum Association). Max Meijer explored in a brief introduction the various common (added) values that museums and creative industries share.

News, January, 12, 2014
War and Remembrance Centres Museums popular in 2013

Dutch museums and memorial centres focussing on the period 1940-1945 had more visitors in 2013 than the previous year. The thirteen institutions that are members of the Association of Museums and Memorial Centres 40-45 (SMH 40-45), were visited in that year more than 900,000 times . That's over 7% more visits than in 2012.

The additional visits were caused by the opening of new permanent presentations, like the Frisian Resistance Museum, Amsterdam Resistance Museum and National Monument Camp Vught. The fact that growth in almost all other institutions took place indicates that the public interest in these museums is growing and meets an increasing public demand. The growth observed is remarkable because most of the institutions concerned are located outside the Metropolitan West of The Netherlands, so they did not benefit from the spin-off of the big reopened metropolitan museums there.

In total 13 institutions participate in SMH 40-45. In total they counted 901,470 visits in 2013. That means this sector plays a significant role in the Dutch museum landscape, with over 21 million visits to all museums in 2013. TiMe Amsterdam provides the secretariat for the SMH 40-45 since 2011.

News, December 16, 2013
Training Indonesian heritage professionals completed


The two-week training of six young staff members of the Cultural Heritage Division of PT Kereta Api Indonesia (Indonesian Railways) was completed Friday, December 13th. The certificates of participation were presented at the Tropenmuseum by Michaela Hansen, MT member of the Netherlands Cultural Heritage Agency, RCE. TiMe Amsterdam was commissioned to evaluate both the training and the Dutch-Indonesian cooperation on the revitalization of the Indonesian Railway Museum in Ambarawa, Central Java.

News, November 22, 2013
Training Indonesian heritage professionals in the Netherlands

On December 2, a two-week training Indonesian heritage professionals starts in the Netherlands. A team of six professionals of the Heritage Division of the national railway company of Indonesia (PT Kereta Api Indonesia Persero). They are responsible for railway heritage in Indonesia, including the Railway Museum at Ambarawa (Central Java) and the preservation of monumental stations and other related heritage. TiMe Amsterdam has been involved in the project for some time. Max Meijer visited Indonesia already twice to deliver preparatory workshops. The training was developed by the National Heritage Agency (Ministry of Culture), together with theTropenmuseum, the Reinwardt Academy and TiMe Amsterdam. Max Meijer is responsible for the coordination of the course.


News, October 19, 2013
Expert meeting of Dutch WWII museums and memorial centres in Mechelen, Belgium


On 17 and 18 October, directors, managers and staff of Dutch WWII museums and memorial centers and the National Committee 4 and 5 May attended a two-day expert meeting in Mechelen, Belgium. The first day the meeting took place at the Museum and Memorial for Holocaust and Human Rights ‘Kazerne Dossin', the second day was located in the Congress and Heritage Centre Lamot. Main issue was the development of a common strategic agenda for the future. Input was given by Key Note Speakers Herman van Goethem ( University of Antwerp, professor and director of Kazerne Dossin) and Bruno Benvindo ( Study Centre on War and Contemporary Society, Brussels ). An introduction on The future position of the WWII heritage institutions was delivered by Ad van Liempt ( journalist , writer and producer) and Cato Leonard (author of the book " Cheating for Managers , with stakeholders towards your goal ) .
The moderation of the second day was provided by chairman Ruben Maes. The two-day conference was organized and prepared by the National Committee 4 and 5 May (Cristan van Emden ) and the Foundation of Museums and Memorial Centers 40-45 ( Max Meijer , TiMe Amsterdam, project secretariat) . Picture : the participants on the terrace of Lamot .


News, October 07, 2013 
Research on the infrastructure of Battlefield tourism at Arnhem


TiMe Amsterdam has been commissioned to examine the possible lay-out of a Battle of Arnhem hertigate-chain. The war-heritage infrastructure in the city of Arnhem consists of many venues, monuments and sites. Among these the well-known Bridge too Far over the river Rhine, target of the September 1944 battle. A consortium of the Municipality of Arnhem, the Eusebius Church Arnhem and the Airborne Museum Hartenstein in Oosterbeek acts as a steering committee. The aim of the research is an integrated plan to strengthen the position of the Arnhem-Oosterbeek region (stretching from the Arnhem brigde to the Airborne Museum) as a major European battlefield destination. 


News, July 03, 2013
Symposium Modern Art and History presentations 

Together with Foundation NOX and Bronbeek Museum in Arnhem, TiMe Amsterdam organizes a symposium in 16 October 2013 on the occasion of the project Bronbekers in Beeld (on the lives of former veterans of the Netherlands colonial troops). In addition to the results of this experimental museum presentation, the cooperation between heritage institutions and independent artists will be discussed and explored. In Bronbekers in Beeld, seven artists made artworks based on seven life stories of (former) residents of Bronbeek. The findings gained during the project are the central focus. Questions to be addressed include: Can modern art add new insights to historical exhibitons and what lessons can be drawn from the experiment. Speakers are experts from different (academic) fields. Interested parties can make their interest known via the reply page on this website. Announcements are sent mid-July.

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News, June 25,  2013
Future scan World War II heritage presented

This week TiMe Amsterdam presented the final report and conclusions concerning the future of museums and memorial centers. During the final stage of the research the draft report was discussed in an expert meeting held at the NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies in Amsterdam.
The research document was subsidized by the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sports and was prepared by Max Meijer and Gerard Jongerius. The report focuses on major trends and developments in society which may affect the position, public use and funding of WWII heritage in The Netherlands, in particular museums and visitor centres.

News, March 16, 2013
Visit to Indonesia

Early March Max Meijer (TiMe Amsterdam) made a visit to Indonesia together with Ben de Vries (Rijksdienst voor het Cultureel Erfgoed).
The visit was a follow-up of two previous visits (in 2011 and 2012) in the context of Dutch assistance in capacity building of the heritage division of the national railway company PT Indonesia Kereta Api. The RCE assists PT Kereta Api in the context of the program Shared Cultural Heritage. It focuses on the revitalization and redevelopment of the Railway Museum in Ambarawa (Central Java). During the visit Indonesian heritage staff professionals at PT Kereta Api were selected to join a custom made training in the Netherlands later this year. This training is co-organized by TiMe Amsterdam and several Dutch museums and heritage institutes. The selection interviews took place during two days in Bandung, location of the headquarters of the PT Kereta Api. For further orientation they visited Jakarta (Dutch Embassy, Transportation Museum in Taman Mini Indonesia and other museums), Semarang and Ambarawa.
(photo: the Dutch delegation to the railway museum in Ambarawa with the candidates for the training in the Netherlands)


News, February 06, 2013
Study visit to Imperial War Museum North, Manchester U.K.


As part of the research for future museum collaboration project, this week a working visit has been made to the Imperial War Museum North in Manchester. TiMe Amsterdam (Max Meijer), participated as project secretary of the Foundation Museums and Memorial Centers 40-45. In Manchester the visit focused on best practices concerning the museological concept op the IWM North, the arrangement and selection of objects on display, the storyline of exhibitions and the interplay of authentic objects and av-media. (photo: TiMe Amsterdam, Max Meijer)

News, January 27, 2013
Ambarawa Railway Museum, Central Java Indonesia

For some time TiMe Amsterdam has been involved, as external advice party, in the revitalization of the national railway museum in Ambarawa, central Java, Indonesia. On March 1, TiMe Amsterdam (Max Meijer) travels to Indonesia to visit the PT Kareta Api (the Indonesian state railways), heritage division in Jakarta. In Jakarta staff members of this division will be selected to follow a tailored made training program later this year in The Netherlands. Besides Max Meijer the ‘selection committee’consists of one of the staff members of the Netherlands Cultural Heritage Agency. The revitalisation-programme is party of the Shared Cultural Heritage program in which the Netherlands cooperates with a number of countries abroad focused on shared (colonial) heritage. In the framework of this project, TiMe Amsterdam traveled earlier in 2011 and 2012 to Indonesia and made contributions to workshops on the spot aimed at capacity building.

News, January 6, 2013
Strategic Planning support for National Monument Kamp Amersfoort

TiMe Amsterdam provides support to the management of the National Monument Kamp Amersfoort. The request involves the writing of s stategic plan for the next five years with a future perspective for the memorial center outlined. Through interviews with experts and stakeholders intput will be acquired for future scenarios. It is intended that the policy plan will be delivered this spring. Kamp Amersfoort is a former Nazi Concentration Camp near the city of Amersfoort in the Netherlands. The memorial centre is located on the former campgrounds.

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News, October, 4, 2012
NEMO Annual Conference, Dublin

From 2 to 4 November the Network of European Museum Organisations (NEMO) held its Annual Conference at The National Gallery of Ireland in Dublin. Over 80 representatives of national museum associations from some 20 European countries joined there to discuss three current themes : Focus on the future of museums, Focus on deaccessioning and Focus on active aging. Max Meijer (TiMe Amsterdam) was asked to facilitate a workshop and held a plenary presentation on the trends and backgrounds of Agenda 2026 of the Dutch Museum Association. TiMe Amsterdam in 2010 was involved as one of the co-authors of trend-report on the future museum. Other speakers who spoke about future scenarios were Marie Bourke (Ireland National Gallery) on Museum Learning Project and Maurice Davies (British Museums Association) about the Museums 2020 project. The idea behind Agenda 2026 received much acclaim. Especially because it is based on social (external) trends and their impact on museums, while the other projects mostly focus on the museum itselves as an starting point. The conference also provided an excellent opportunity to exchange ideas with museum stakeholders such Julien Anfruns, the Secretary General of ICOM and directors of museum associations from different European countries.

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News, October 26, 2012
Editorial consultancy Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam

On 1 November, theAmsterdam Stedelijk Museum has been requested to send in a renewed application for the municipal arts subsidies 2013 to 2016 of the city of Amsterdam. The new application is based on the amount 11.6 million Euro's the city has available for her Modern Art Museum. TiMe Amsterdam has been asked for editorial advise.

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News, August 19, 2012
Who is who? in the Dutch art world

Recently published the Art Week Foundation published for the sixth consecutive year the booklet Who is who? in the Dutch art world. According to the publisher, it lists "the 204 most influential people in the Dutch art world”. Max Meijer (TiMe Amsterdam) is again included in this list. The booklet can be ordered from the Artweek Foundation and costs 16.95.

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News, August 16, 2012
French and German war museums and remembrance centrers

Early August, the TiMe-team visited Germany and France. In line with the recently acquired cmmision for the project secretariat of the Foundation of Museums and Memorial Centers 1940-1945  the visit focused on WW1 en WW2 museums and memory centers end monuments on the route Dresden and the French city of Meaux. In Dresden a visit was made to the in October 2011 reopened Militaerhistorisches Museum. In a striking building renovated and extended by Daniel Libeskind. In this museum history of the Bundeswehr and its predecessors is presented in an innovative way. In Meaux's brilliant Musée de la Grande Guerre du Pays de Meaux (opened in november 2011) WW1 and the battles aroud Meaux are presented in a historical context, starting in 1870. In an equally iconic museum building designed by architect and designer Christophe Lab. In addition, the remembrance centers of the former Nazi Concentration Camps Buchenwald (Weimar) and Mittelbau Dora (Harz) were visited as the museums, memory centers, monuments and war graves around Verdun.
The visit showed convincingly that the war museums and memory centers are widely reflecting on their own future role and position in society. They have been and are in transition and find innovative ways to shape their mission and keep their relevance for the general public. (photo: left the museum in Dresden, the right entrance of the museum in Meaux).

News, 07 July, 2012
Foundation Museum and memorial centres 1940-1945

The activities for the Foundation Museums and Memorial Centers 1940-1945 (Stichting Musea en Herinneringscentra 40-45) have started. In recent weeks the majority of affiliated museums and memory centers have been visited, with meetings of its directors.
During these meetings common aspirations, expectations and the future cooperation has been discussed. The upcoming weeks we are working on a position paper. This document will contain the agenda for the work. Its contours will also be discussed with stakeholders in the field of war memory as the V-Fund, National Committee 4 and 5 May, NIOD and the Department of War Victims and Remembrance WWII of the Dutch Ministry of VWS.  Max Meyer (TiMe Amsterdam) has been appointed executive secretary of the project SMH 40-45. Participating organisations include: Airbornemuseum ‘Hartenstein’, Oosterbeek, Herinneringscentrum Kamp Westerbork, Hollandsche Schouwburg, Amsterdam, Indisch Herinneringscentrum Bronbeek, Arnhem, Nationaal Oorlogs- en Verzetsmuseum, Overloon, Nationaal Bevrijdingsmuseum 1944-1945, Groesbeek, Nationaal Monument Kamp Amersfoort and Nationaal Monument Kamp Vught.

News, June 24, 2012
New Dutch Deaccession Guidelines

The Dutch LAMO (Leidraad Afstoting Museale Objecten, i.e.: Museum Objects Deaccession Guideline) dating from 1999 and overhauled in 2006, is back to revision. We reported this before in TiMe News on March 27. The LAMO aims at practical implementation of the deaccession paragraphs of the Dutch Code of Ethics for Museums, which in turn is derived from the Code of Ethics of the ICOM. As such it is a tool for self-regulation by museums.

On behalf of the Netherlands Museums Association a working group was installed to examine how LAMO could be adjusted to meet the changed circumstances which museums currently face. The LAMO working group consists of four museum directors: Frans Ellenbroek (Brabants Museum of Natural History), Marjan Ruiter (Zeeuws Museum), Steph Scholten (Univeristy of Amsterdam Special Collections Department) and Benno Tempel (Gemeentemuseum, The Hague). Chairman is Frans Leijnse, former MP and former chairman of HBO Council, and Petra Timmer, TiMe Amsterdam was appointed as secretary of the group.
In recent weeks, the working group consulted a dozen organizations that are in one way or another related to the topic of of disposal of museum collections, such as the Ministry of Education (Department of Cultural Heritage), the National Heritage Board, the Association of Dutch Municipalities, the Netherlands Museum Register among others. A number of consultations with authorities has yet to be conducted. Furthermore, the group looks for similar guidelines in other countries, such as the Deaccession Scheme of the British Museum Association.

On June 4 Petra Timmer gave an update of the process during the General Assembly of the Netherlands Museums Association. The revised LAMO still will serve two purposes in the futiure: as a guidline for efficient and correct deaccession of museum objects, while it aims simultaneously at the assured protection of cultural heritage in Dutch museums.

News, June 23, 2012
Secret City Zoetermeer

This week Zoetermeer City Museum presented the publication Secret City Zoetermeer. A catalogue and visual report of the manifestation Secret City Zoetermeer, organized earlier this year in the City Museum by the British curator Andy Brydon and photographer Andrew Brooks. The book contains several essays which reflect on the project. In addition to essays by Erik Viskil and Paul van de Laar , Max Meijer (TiMe Amsterdam) reflects in his contribution "Secrets unite” on this participatory museum project. Meijer concludes that in participatory projects museum mainly focus on the content en process. He advocates more attention to the final presentation concept and the marketing planning. For many participatory museums are mainly confined to the group directly involved participants while non-participants are not reached. Thus it shows the paradox that 'inclusive' museum policy turns out as ‘exclusive’ to those not directly involved.
Secret City Zoetermeer (bi-lingual, Dutch and English) was issued by the City Museum with support from the Prince Bernhard Cultural Foundation of South Holland.

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News, May 12, 2026
Me Amsterdam at Annual Conference German Museums Association


The Deutscher Museumsbund (German Museums Association) held their three-day annual conference in Stuttgart from 8-10 May. About 450 directors and managers participated in the conference. On the final day the ‘Fachgrupppen' (working committees) joined to discuss relevant topics that would fit in the general conference theme Alle Welt im Museum? Museen in der pluralen Gesellschaft. At this closing session, Max Meijer (TiMe Amsterdam) presented, at the request of the Dutch Museums Association, a paper for the Historical Museums Fachgruppe Kultur und Die Kunstmuseen, entitled Agenda 2026. Ein Zukunftsszenario nur für Niederländische Museen? Chancen Risiken in den nächsten Jahrzehnten (Agenda 2026, Study on the Future of Dutch Museums, opportunities and threats in the next  decades). The lecture, presented in the Neue Staatsgalerie, dealt with backgrounds and strategic use at micro and macro levels of the Dutch Agenda 2026. In the subsequent plenary it was further explored to what extent a future scenario like Agenda 2026 could be an effective tool for the German museum sector. In addition similarities and differences between German and Dutch museums were discussed, with specific attention to the Bildungsauftrag of museums and the role of Bundesländer, as well as the possible relevance of the Dutch Agenda 2026 'trends'. The strategic and proactive opportunities that a future scenario offers, met with great interest. It is now up to the Deutscher Museumsbund to determine whether they could use a similar future-scenario-study in support of political lobbying and policy building. Because if one thing became clear, it is that budget cutbacks in Germany and possible museum closures form a reality behind the splendid facades of German museums. (photo: Neue Staatsgelerie, Stuttgart)


 News,  April 16, 2012
Talks in Jakarta concerning development railway museum Ambarawa (Central Java)

999 PT Kareta Api April 2012