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Conservation and Restoration

MA Theses

Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Heritage

Students in Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Heritage write their MA theses during the latter half of the second year. For conservation students this is halfway through their studies to become a fully trained conservator, while students in Technical Art History, or Conservation Science, conclude their studies with the MA-thesis.

The UvA makes all MA theses available online, unless there is an embargo placed on them. You can browse the UvA MA theses repository via keywords in the search bar on UvA Scripties Online. When a particular MA thesis cannot be found or accessed, please try to enquire with the author. Note that most theses are in Dutch until 2016, as the programme switched to English in 2015. The first MA theses in Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Heritage were completed in 2008.

Prize winners Rijksmuseum-Migelien Gerritzen Thesis Award

2019:
Sofie Dubbeldam, An investigation into whitened paint areas on a painting by Adriaen Cornelisz Beeldemaker, Dogs in a landscape] (2019).
- Press release: Sofie Dubbeldam wins Rijksmuseum Migelien Gerritzen Thesis Award 2019

2018:
Kirsten Derks, Blue cabbages and invisible onions: Discolouration in the oeuvre of Joachim Beuckelaer (2017).
- Press release: Kirsten Derks wins Rijksmuseum-Migelien Gerritzen Thesis Award 2018

2017:
Magdalena Pilko, Electrotyping Daguerreotypes: Reconstruction of an Early Reproduction Technique (2017).

2016:
Megan Kisters, Behangreconstructies in het Van Doesburg-Rinsemahuis: een synthese van fragmenten (2016).

2015:
Michelle Vergeer,  ‘Schouwstukken beschouwd. Een restauratieadvies op basis van de samenhang tussen vier schouwstukken uit Paleis Huis ten Bosch’ (2015).

2014:
Gert van Gerven, Wat buigen van hout inhoudt (2014).

2013:
Marleen Wagenaar, Licht op lichtkunst. Documentatie en verval van ruimtevullende lichtkunst – Een onderzoek aan de hand van Wedgework III (1969) van James Turrell (2013).
- Press release: Marleen Wagenaar wins Rijksmuseum-Migelien Gerritzen Thesis Award

2012:
Martine Posthuma de Boer, De verdonkering van goudleerbehang in Nederland. Een karakterisering van de degradatieverschijselen in de zilver-en vernislagen bij twee casestudies Sint Pietershof Hoorn en Weeshuis der hervormden Schiedam (2012).