SAVE THE DUTCH LEATHER & SHOE MUSEUM


Save SLEM and therewith the Dutch Leather and Shoe Museum!
Help us maintain this unique Dutch piece of heritage for later generations. 


SLEM total is a foundation in which SLEM education and the Dutch Leather and Shoe Museum have been merged. The aim of this merger is to develop a new contemporary and leading museum concept for the future. Since the beginning of 2017 a transition program has been implemented to make the new concept's objectives clear to the public.


Capricio | Made In Italy
Source: Dutch Leather & Shoe Museum

Courtesy Inge Specht-den Boer (Curator/PR)


The municipal council has made the choice to repel the (according to them) unprofitable education department by bankruptcy of this department, shortly after the opening of the first exhibitions of the transition program. A plan that can cause widespread consequences and even bankruptcy of the museum and the sale and fragmentation of the entire collection!


Capricio | Made In Italy
Source: Dutch Leather & Shoe Museum

Courtesy Inge Specht-den Boer (Curator/PR)


A rescue plan, with the aim to reject the education department without bankruptcy, was presented before the Council meeting of June 15. Of course this requires financial backing from the municipality of Waalwijk. Although this financial support is in no way equal to the costs incurred by bankruptcy. And above all, it is not in relation to the possible loss of a unique collection of objects that represents the history, culture and identity of Waalwijk. It is therefore unbelievable that the municipality of Waalwijk has decided to lead on to the bankruptcy of SLEM education.




Jan Josef Horemans (1714- 1792)
Shoemaker workshop - Late 18th Century


ITALIAN SHOES AT THE DUTCH LEATHER & SHOE MUSEUM


 

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