Patricia Alkhoven RKD’s new Head Collections

The RKD is delighted to announce that as from January 2022 Dr Patricia Alkhoven has joined us as our new Head Collections. She succeeds Judith Niessen.

The thread that connects everything in Patricia’s career is her commitment to making (digital) heritage accessible and ensuring its sustainability, often in collaboration with numerous partner-organisations. Patricia gained her PhD in History of Architecture at the University of Utrecht in 1993, with her thesis titled The Changing Image of the City. A Study of the Transformation of the Townscape by means of Computer-Aided-Architectural-Design and Visualization Techniques. A case study: Heusden. Since then she has held a number of posts including as temporary Head and Project Manager for Innovative Projects at the National Library of the Netherlands, and as Head Collections at what is now the Nieuwe Instituut, and Project Manager at the Meertens Institute of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts (Dutch language and culture). In this last position she contributed to CLARIAH, a digital infrastructure for humanities in the Netherlands. She also contributed to Voortdurend Erfgoed (Lasting Heritage), looking at the preservation of Digital Heritage, a joint project between the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) and Knowledge Innovation Mapping (KIEM); in addition, she contributed to the innovation network CLICKNL Cultural Heritage, one of the six knowledge networks that are part of Topsector Creatieve Industrie, as well as to CATCH: Continuous Access to Cultural Heritage. In recent years Patricia has been at the helm of the Dudok Architecture Centre in Hilversum, putting it on the map as a knowledge centre, both physically and digitally. Since 2017 she has been coordinator of Levend Verleden (Living History), one of the heritage pathways of the Dutch Research Agenda (NWA/NWO) at the KNAW Humanities Cluster.

The General Director of the RKD, Professor Chris Stolwijk, says: ‘We want to give a very warm welcome to Patricia Alkhoven as our new Head Collections. Over the years she has succeeded in bringing together numerous organisations and individuals in order to promote the accessibility and preservation of our fragile heritage, usually in an innovative way. As Head Collections at the RKD, she will carry on collaborating with many people to make a structural contribution to keeping alive our fragile heritage.’


Patricia Alkhoven, RKD’s new Head Collections