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Ceramics Museums: Past, Present and Future

Symposium: 27 November 2017

In 2017, the Ceramics Museum Het Princessehof in Leeuwarden celebrates its 100th anniversary. This makes it one of the oldest ceramics museums in Europe. The royal housing of the museum is already unique, as well as the way it was established.

As the heir of Nanne Ottema, the founder of the Ceramics Museum Het Princessehof, the Ottema-Kingma Foundation (OKS) wants to look back at this special anniversary, compare the current image and look forward wherever possible.

Most of the museums of ceramics originated from private collections, where the awareness and deepening of knowledge were the main focus. These museums were primarily intended for specialists who knew exactly what they saw, or were studying.

Many of these museums currently run the risk of low visitor numbers and a difficult operating model if they do not pursue policies aimed at a wider audience. It often appears to be a big challenge to serve professionals as well as more general interested persons. The central question is how specialized museums will have to deal with this task.

Historical photo of ceramics museum Princessehof in Leeuwarden

Symposium and speaker

The OKS is pleased to announce that cooperation has been promised by Mrs J. Harrison-Hall, curator of the Asia Collection and of the Percival David Collection at the British Museum in London. The annual OKS symposium will take place on Monday, November 27, 2017 in Leeuwarden. For more information, please visit