Published online by Cambridge University Press: 01 June 2021
The split of the Netherlands and Belgium into two states during 1830–31 ended the Leiden Museum’s golden years of acquisition, leaving it to face a new economic reality. It also meant that the dream of the museum’s director, Conrad Reuvens (see Fig. 5.1), to move the collections to one of the monarchy’s former capitals had ended, Brussels having become the capital of the new state of Belgium, and no funding being available for a transfer of the collections to Amsterdam. Even so, Reuvens continued referring to what officially was no more than the university´s ‘Archaeological Cabinet’ as the ‘National Museum of Antiquities’ (Rijksmuseum van Oudheden).