On International Women’s Day 2021, the Museum Prinsenhof Delft launched the four-year project The Delft Perspective. With this project, the Museum Prinsenhof Delft will be considering its own collection from an inquisitive and investigative perspective. The museum, together with the residents of Delft and the visitors to the museum, will create programmes to collect new stories and lower the threshold for its visitors. The museum has chosen the William the Silent collection, one of the museum’s principle subjects, as its starting point, because it is associated with topical issues of women (2021), freedom (2022) and security (2023). Each year, a visual artist will be commissioned to create a work of art relevant to the year’s theme.
The Delft Perspective is made possible in part by the Mondriaan Fonds, the VSBfonds, Fonds 1818, Rabobank and De Laatste Eer.
2021: Historical Women
The Museum Prinsenhof Delft shows that William the Silent, Prince of Orange, played a leading role in our history. Less well known is the crucial role a number of powerful women played in his life. By sharing some of their letters and voices, the museum is initiating a new conversation about William the Silent. For the letters, the museum is collaborating with Huygens ING, the Royal Collections of the Netherlands and Oxford University’s Women’s Early Modern Letters Online.
With the stories of the women of Orange as a starting point, the museum is seeking out new voices and remarkable stories from today’s women of Delft. Inspired by the women surrounding William the Silent, the museum invites the women of Delft to share their stories. Later this year, these stories will be on view at the museum, together with a selection of original letters by women around William the Silent.
In June and July, the Museum Prinsenhof Delft organized workshops, guided tours and meetups for women in several neighbourhoods of Delft, free of charge. In this way, the museum wanted to inspire and connect women and invite them to share their own story or the story of a woman who inspires them. Women were invited to share in their stories the things they wish to pass on to the next generation of women. The stories shared will become part of the Museum Prinsenhof Delft’s collection.