As a knowledge centre, the Airborne Museum is the only museum that tells the historical and socio-cultural story of the Battle of Arnhem.
The museum, intended for both national and international visitors, provides qualitative enjoyment and an important place for commemoration, this in a time of increasing interest in personally experiencing history and in authenticity.
The vision of the Airborne Museum
The Airborne Museum tells the story of the Battle of Arnhem. It is a clear and qualitative total concept developed from a multi-perspective. One of the museum’s important goals is to make the story of the Battle of Arnhem personal and tangible.
Airborne Museum Hartenstein is a centre for remembrance, a place where national and international visitors can reflect on the Battle of Arnhem and on the important role of this battle in World War II.
The Airborne Museum involves individuals, groups and organisations in its activities. Among its important goals are public and financial binding, a knowledge database (research) and policy development with respect to both the material and immaterial collections. The museum works in accordance with the ‘Code of Cultural Governance’ and the museum standard in its business operations and its museum activities. The Airborne Museum strives to achieve a healthy mix of public core tasks and cultural entrepreneurship.
Stichting Airborne Museum is managed within the guidelines of the Code of Cultural Governance by means of the board-and-management model.
Fred de Graaf (1950) chair, was mayor of Apeldoorn from 1999 to 2011 and in addition he was a member of the Upper House from 2003 to 2015. In 2011 he took over the presidency. In this position he also served as President of the United Assembly of the States General. In recent years De Graaf was very active within the commemoration field, including as chairman of the Stichting Musea en Herinneringscentra 40-45 and in 2018 as chairman of the Platform WO2.
Agnes van Nassau (1981) has been working as HR manager at Museum Valkhof and Provenciaal Depot voor Bodemvondsten in Nijmegen since 2016. She is the founder of the HR network for the cultural sector in the Arnhem-Nijmegen region and participates is various projects regarding diversity and inclusion. She also worked for cultural center De Lindenberg in Nijmegen. From 2006 to 2016 she was HR manager and strategic partner for an internationally operating holding company in the Infrastructure sector. Formulating strategic HRM policy and (re)structuring organizations are recurring themes for her.
Gonnie van Dijken (1969) focuses on giving organizational advice and fulfills interim assignments to improve organizations. Before that, she worked for more than twenty years at Rabobank in various management positions at local banks. For example, she co-led the merger between Rabobank Leeuwarden-Noordwest Friesland and Friesland Bank. She is currently pursuing a part-time master’s degree in Business Administration at the University of Amsterdam. She has held various ancillary positions, including Member of the Supervisory Board of Geldersch Landschap & Kasteelen and chair of the Audit Committee, board member at the AWN department of Zuid-Veluwe and Oost-Gelderland and member of the hunting test committee at the Golden Retriever Club Nederland. . She is currently a member of the Supervisory Board and chair of the Financial Audit Committee at Omroep Gelderland.
Ad van Liempt (1949) is a journalist, author and programmer. Among other things, he was chief editor of the TV program NOVA and editor-in-chief of the history program Andere Tijden. He has written numerous books on historical subjects, especially on the Second World War.
Cees de Monchy (1950) was a partner in the legal and notarial field, first at Nauta Dutilh and from 1992 at De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek. He was also a board member of a large number of cultural foundations. He is currently a director and supervisory director of various companies and professional foundations.
De organisatie van het Airborne Museum bestaat uit een staf van 8 medewerkers.
Director Ronnie Weijers
Operations Dana van Ooijen
Conservator Jory Brentjens
Collection registration Susan Rijke
Education & Presentation Lisa van Kessel
Marketing & Communication Yvette Polman
Facilities Hans van Mierlo
Sales & Customer relations Anouk ter Horst