We maintain a huge collection of applied arts and a large folk collection. These are two sub-collections that are perhaps less well-known to the general public, but we think they are very much worth discovering. We are delighted to introduce them to you here.
Applied arts are also called crafts. These are functional objects such as furniture, textiles, crockery, etc, which have been made by artisans and are aesthetically appealing.
Our large sub-collection of applied arts is further divided into thirty sub-collections, indicated by Roman numerals. These sub-collections are determined by the type of material or object. Examples of sub-collections are stone, wood, silver, pewter, lace, furniture, weapons, musical instruments, measuring instruments, and so on.
The folk collection is divided by theme; for example, crafts, religious worship, household goods, clothing and education.
In 2023, these two large sub-collections will be relocated to a new depot, the Erfgoedfabriek. In addition to these two collections, we naturally have an extensive collection of paintings, prints and drawings. These sub-collections will eventually be moved to the new BRUSK.
The preparation process for the collection relocation officially started in August 2020. So what has happened over the past twenty months?
One thing is certain: the colleagues in the Collection department have not been idle. Ten of the thirty sub-collections making up the applied arts are fully prepared for transport.
These collections are mother-of-pearl (VIII), pewter and lead (XIII), iron (XIV), woven textiles (XVI), embroidery (XVIII), tapestries (XVII), leather and gilded leather (XX), ceramics (XXI), glass (XXII) and tools (XXVII).
Of the folk collection, the school records, hanging textiles and much of the craft collection are now ready.
The count currently stands at no less than 22,800 cleaned objects that have been updated in our collection database. 19,600 objects have been carefully packed ready for transport. That represents more than 1,000 filled packages. Do you want to know the steps that an object undergoes? Find out here.
The count currently stands at no less than 22,800 cleaned objects that have been updated in our collection database.
Because a collection piece is not displayed in the museum galleries, this does not mean that it is not worth studying or preserving. On the contrary. Let us treat you to some hidden depot gems, selected from the sub-collections that have already been completed.
Would you like to know more about other sub-collections, hidden depot gems, or updates on 'Musea Brugge is moving'? Each month, we treat you to news from behind the scenes of the move. Keep an eye on our website and social media channels.