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Museum Meermanno | Huis van het boek (vroeger Meermanno-Westreenianum) is het oudste boekenmuseum ter wereld. Het is gevestigd in het voormalige woonhuis van de stichter van het museum Willem Hendrik Jacob baron van Westreenen van Tiellandt (1783-1848) aan de Prinsessegracht in Den Haag en richt zich op het geschreven en gedrukte boek in al zijn vormen, in heden en verleden. De ontwikkeling van de vormgeving van zowel oude als moderne boeken staat daarbij centraal.

News Sandra Bechtholt director

© Foto: Patricia Nauta

© Foto: Patricia Nauta

©Foto: Theo de Nooij

©Foto: Theo de Nooij

Sandra Bechtholt new director Museum Meermanno| House of the book

12 May 2017

Sandra Bechtholt (1971) will start on 6 June as director of Museum Meermanno | House of the book. Bechtholt is currently head of Marketing & Communication and a member of the management team at the Railway Museum in Utrecht.  She is responsible there for policy in those areas and for the development of educational programmes, events and exhibitions.  Museum Meermanno is delighted to welcome Bechtholt who, with her extensive experience, can help the museum to develop.

Sandra Bechtholt: ‘I was immediately enthusiastic when I saw the advertisement for the position and am happy that I have been given the chance to work together with a fantastic team to bring the splendid collection of Museum Meermanno | House of the book to the attention of an even larger public.’

House of the book as network museum

After an administrative merger with the KB, effective 1 January 2017, an ambitious plan was developed to transform Museum Meermanno | House of the book into a network museum.  The House of the book will expand its activities in various areas: providing schools with educational packages and libraries with travelling presentations with the theme, ‘Books in motion’. In addition, the magnificent ‘House of the baron’ where the museum is located will serve as a laboratory for research, experiments, meetings, presentations and exhibitions for specific audiences from the book sector in its broadest sense.  Finally, a digital version of the House of the book will be developed.

An enthusiastic start

Museum Meermanno | House of the book is beginning a transition from a small museum focused on bibliophiles to a museum that also attracts the general public.  In addition to experience and expertise, Sandra Bechtholt also brings great enthusiasm to guide Museum Meermanno | House of the book during this process.  Museum staff members look forward to working with her and trust that together they will achieve a bright future for this nearly one hundred and seventy year old museum.

Profile Sandra Bechtholt

Sandra Bechtholt (1971) studied Public Administration at Erasmus University, and later specialized in marketing and communication.  She started her career in the cultural sector as manager of Marketing, Communication and Fundraising at the Rembrandt House in Amsterdam and has worked since 2007 at the Railway Museum in Utrecht.  In addition, since 2009 she has been a member of the PR and Marketing committee of the Museum Association.