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At a ceremony held in the Salone Vanvitelliano at the Palazzo della Loggia in Brescia, The National Archives of the Netherlands was announced as the winner of the 2015 Micheletti Award. The trophy was presented to the Archives’ representatives, Astrid Hertog and Nancy Hovingh. Representing the Luigi Micheletti Foundation was its President Aldo Rebecchi. The trophy was handed by the President of A2A Company: Dr. Giovanni Valotti.
The judges said: “This exhibition was excellently conceived and excitingly presented. The National Archives of The Netherlands is, of course, first and foremost an archival organisation and as such primarily preserves written documentation from Dutch society. But it has also realised something which may sound obvious. The collections are not only documentation for researchers in the reading room but are also material heritage in the same way that museum objects are. Exactly as in a museum that means that the archival collections can be used for exhibitions and educational purposes where the institution wants to tell a story and make a point..... the National Archives of The Netherlands sets a very good example for other archival institutions. It is first of all a question of will and courage.”
This year a Special Commendation was given to the Maritime Museum of Denmark at Helsingør. The museum was housed for 98 years in the medieval Kronborg Castle, before it moved to the old Helsingør Shipyard’s dry dock nearby, reopening to the public in October 2013. As it is in a conservation area needing a clear view of the Castle, the museum was not allowed to have any part of its building above ground, with a result that is both ingenious and spectacular. The museum has moved away from traditional displays, focussing on the creation of narrative environments and creatively designed spatial experiences that mix theatrical elements, multiple layers and multimedia components. Visitors are encouraged to participate, taking the part of a merchant in a trading simulation, and as a shipping employee, handling bulk carriers and tankers in a present-day environment.
THE 2015 DASA AWARD
The winner this year is MAGMA Museum of Arts in Iron in the Maremma, Follonica, Italy. Follonica was the centre of an important iron industry which was dedicated to cast iron and which ended in the 1960s. The visible remains fell into disuse until MAGMA opened to tell the technological, artistic and human story of the ironworks in its heyday. Housed in the restored Saint Ferdinand Furnace, the city’s most historic building, its old walls stand side by side with modern multimedia technology. The exhibitions tell the story of the birth of the community and of the factory town, and the interrelations between humans and their environment.