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Hoogeveen Library: Story Yard

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Stories from a community

At Hoogeveen Library you can now experience the story of Hoogeveen and contribute to the story of Hoogeveen yourself. Studio Louter created the concept and design for the Verhalenwerf: a place where Hoogeveners work together to collect, tell and preserve the story of Hoogeveen.


With no fewer than 13 shipyards, during the nineteenth century, Hoogeveen was one of the most important inland shipping centres in the Netherlands because of the peat industry. By closing the cultural history museum De 5000 Morgen in 2015, Hoogeveen’s stories about industry, perseverance and entrepreneurship were about to be lost. Hoogeveen Library has therefore taken over the collection and has since then a new function: working together on the story of Hoogeveen. The yard has become the symbol for this.


The Verhalenwerf consists of a permanent exhibition that tells the history of Hoogeveen based on heritage objects, photos and stories that are divided into various themes. Temporary exhibitions are created by and for Hoogeveners and stories from the community are collected and preserved at the online story platform www.verhalenwerf.nl. The exhibition construction is built by Fiction Factory in collaboration with Hoogeveners and consists of a modular, flexible system designed by Todd van Hulzen.


The Verhalenwerf gives the stories of Hoogeveen a new place and will preserve them for the future.


  • Permanent exhibition
  • Temporary exhibition
  • Website
  • Interactives


Todd van Hulzen



  • Storyline
  • Content
  • Interactive