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Het Nieuwe Instituut is working on the cataloguing, digitisation and conservation of its photography collection, which comprises an estimated 300,000 prints. To expand our understanding of photographic processes and the conservation of modern photography, Het Nieuwe Instituut is participating in Collection Knowledge 2.0 – Photography, a partnership between institutions with photography collections, led by the Foundation for the Conservation of Contemporary Art (SBMK) and the University of Amsterdam (UvA). 

This year, many projects in the Disclosing Architecture programme are being initiated or further developed.

The first results, expected from the restoration studios dealing with the large bulk of design drawings, will be used to further sharpen the restoration's vision. This content will help to decide which archives will be further developed and restored.

The search portal for the collection will be upgraded for Linked Open Data, allowing increased interrelation with other heritage databases to further enrich the collection. In addition, a team of technicians, designers, and heritage professionals will launch The Other Interface, a new way to make the collection accessible to a wider audience.

Research projects into the value and significance of the collection will continue, with Rethinking the Collection reviewing policies and suggesting alternative approaches. Architectural reproductions will examine the role of the copy in the architect's design process to develop new perspectives on the collection.

Disclosing Architecture focuses primarily on the conservation, restoration and digitising of design drawings. Preparations are well under way for the archival items that are due for conservation and restoration before the beginning of 2020. During investigations into the physical condition of the archival documents, we often discover remarkable items. Read more about our archivists’ and curators’ favourite discoveries.