• S. Loesser

Maastricht's plans for her history to be made more present

Gemeente Maastricht wants to invest in the historical Maastricht heritage's development and freeing up €200,000 to be invested in three specific projects. Making the rich historical collections present in Maastricht available to as wide an audience as possible.

Past times, the people who lived then as well as their stories generate a feeling of deep fascination. While there are great museums out there to tell such stories to interested people, the most natural way of diving into another time is the visiting of a historical site. And there are plenty of those in Maastricht.

Three specific historical sites are planned to undergo digital and physical developments which are aimed to make the Maastricht history more tangible and accessible to Maastrichtenaars [Maastricht residents] and visitors alike: the Centre Céramique should be set up as a historical experience centre with free access; the presentation of the historical Helpoort should be modernised; the way history is presented in the Frontenpark should be modernised and augmented. One of the central tools in these developments will be "Zicht op Maastricht", a special app that allows augmented reality experiences on the historical sites.

Photo: © Gemeente Maastricht

Centre Céramique

Maastricht's cultural hub, Centre Céramique, houses a unique historic city model from 1748. This model should be set up more attractively for a wider audience, for example through the use of 3D-scans. The city model should serve as a starting point for further digital or physical explorations of Maastricht. Furthermore physical objects, books and historical art works should be exhibited in an interactive way for the visitors to get the chance to experience Maastricht history through active participation.


The first floor of the 13th century gate, often frequented by tourists, should be redesigned. Through objects loaned from the Centre Céramique and by showing cityscapes, maps and smaller scale models, the medieval fortresses history should be told, both analogue as well as through projections. A further idea for presenting history more attractively in the Helpoort, especially for children and other history fans, is the setting up of an interactive dressing up and photo corner, where every vistor has the chance to literally put oneself in someone else's shoes — from the past!


Also the Frontenpark’s history should be made more accessible, both physically and virtually. Inspired by the Sphinxpassage’s presentation’s power, the Frontenpark should be redesigned as a "belevingsparcours" (experience route) with a new info and meeting point for guided tours. A “vestingpassage” (fortress passage) and an information wall under the Cabergerweg passage, supplemented with (replicas) of the collection’s objects, should form the connecting and closing piece between Hoge and Lage Fronten.

The redesigned Centre Céramique’s and Helpoort’s opening are planned for mid-2021.

The Frontenpark’s opening up and presentation will follow in the course of 2021 or 2022, depending on the speed at which the execution of the planned developments is possible.

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