Hoogeveen Library: Story Yard
Stories from a community
At Hoogeveen Library you can experience the story of Hoogeveen and contribute to the story of the city yourself. Studio Louter created the concept and design for the Story Yard (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. The local 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 of this.
In 2015, a temporary set-up of the collection was already started: the Story Yard in Progress. In collaboration with Todd van Hulzen, we created a design that has been completely built and furnished by the library and its volunteers.
In 2019 the permanent exhibition opened. An active meeting place where Hoogeveen’s inhabitants can build on the stories of Hoogeveen’s past and present. This will consist of a permanent exhibition made up of the collection from the library, a temporary exhibition which – under the direction of a foreman– will be selected and made by the municipality, and finally a workshop where Hoogeveen’s inhabitants can use different ‘tools’ to work on the exhibition. Every temporary exhibition is digitally conserved. Under the motto “From, for and by the inhabitants of Hoogeveen” all the residents can contribute to the collective memory.
The stories are collected and saved for the future on the online platform www.verhalenwerf.nl. The Story Yard gives the stories of Hoogeveen a new place, both digitally and physically.
- Permanent exhibition
- Temporary exhibition
Todd van Hulzen