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Museum Objects as Evidence

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are obliged to operate in line with the Dutch government’s most recent announcements. After careful consideration with all parties involved, we have to come to the difficult decision to postpone the Summer School Museum Objects as Evidence until 4 -15 January 2021. Our goal is to keep the programme largely unchanged, including the daily themes and line-up of speakers. Please note that the application for this Winter School is closed.

Museum Objects as Evidence: An Interdisciplinary Approach

In this Winter programme you will examine objects from a range of disciplinary perspectives and approaches, consider the types of information they generate and unravel the stories they can tell. Experts in the field will provide you with an exclusive and in-depth look behind the scenes in the conservation studios, science laboratories and museum departments.

From 4 -15 January 2021, the Rijksmuseum, the University of Amsterdam, and Bard Graduate Center will offer an interdisciplinary Winter School devoted to object-based research within a museum setting. Experts in the field will provide participants with an exclusive and in-depth look at the technical, analytic, and interpretive work going on behind the scenes in the conservation studios, science laboratories, and curatorial departments. By focusing on how material objects provide primary evidence for historical research, this collaborative course introduces multiple techniques and perspectives for extracting the types of information museum objects generate, and unraveling the many stories they can tell.

Key data

Programme dates: 4 -15 January 2021
Housing dates: to be announced
Academic director: Prof. dr. Erma Hermens 
Application deadline: application is closed


Rijksmuseum Amsterdam
Rijksmuseum Amsterdam
Museum Objects as Evidence
Degree programme Certificate
Mode Short-term
Credits ECTS, 2 weeks
Language of instruction English
Starts in January