Mission & Vision

front view MIAT


The MIAT is the reference museum on industry, labour and textiles and the contact point for tangible and intangible industrial heritage in Flanders. 

The past, present and future all have a place here. The MIAT FACTory knowledge centre acts as a bridge between the scientific collection and the wider (inter)national heritage community.

The MIAT shares its passion for industrial heritage, both within and beyond the walls of the museum and increases the general public’s admiration and concern for this extraordinary heritage and its love and appreciation of it.  


The MIAT’s historical collection has international appeal and kudos. Industrial relics relating to production, reproduction and distribution from the late-eighteenth century onwards tell the story of the industrial society. In building its collection the MIAT implements what in Dutch is dubbed a ‘SLIM’ (CLEVER) collecting policy. The acronym stands for:

  • S: Sector consultation and cooperation  
  • L: Lively and accessible
  • I: Innovative, intangible and international 
  • M: Mobile (collection mobility) and multicultural

By pursuing an innovative and dynamic collecting policy, the MIAT brings together the past, present and future. The museum is constantly building on its knowledge through national and international cooperation projects and sharing its expertise with other players in the cultural heritage community at large. Naturally, digitization has done much to make the collection more accessible. The MIAT FACTory knowledge centre is the pivot between the collection and the general public. Its remit is to safeguard and share information and expertise.

The MIAT is a museum that is close to the people. It is creative in its approach to making history accessible to a diverse public, thereby ensuring that a visit to the museum is an engaging experience. It challenges its visitors to participate in the museum story.  Special attention is paid to schools, and to technical and vocational training institutes in particular, and to families and multicultural groups. The MIAT operates a very active volunteers programme and cooperates with a whole range of other parties too.

Policy period 2014-18

On April 1st 2013 the MIAT submitted an application to the government for an operational subsidy. The application was approved by the assessment committee for the policy period 2014 -18 and the museum was awarded an annual operational subsidy of €349,000. This PDF details the advice of the assessment committee.