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The cultural heritage can fulfill its role in society only if it is broadly and easily accessible. Access increases familiarity with and appreciation of the heritage, engendering support for its preservation.

Collection managers are faced with the challenge of ensuring that the State art collection becomes more accessible, both physically and online. The basic principle of physical accessibility is that as much heritage as possible must be made as accessible as possible. Collections mobility is a key way of achieving this.

To this end, the Cultural Heritage Agency wishes to promote the mobility and transfer of objects and collections and achieve the international standardisation of optimum heritage management measures. The objective of this theme is to increase the accessibility of both the cultural heritage and its context. However, greater accessibility also increases the risks in terms of preservation, connecting this theme to that of risk management. There is a growing need and demand for the contextual information about our heritage to be recorded, disclosed and made accessible to a wider public. Here the theme of accessibility connects with the theme of ‘objects in context’.

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Hanneke van der Beek: