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At the beginning the programme involves both theoretical and practical teaching after which the focus gradually shifts towards gaining more practical experience. This includes the careful study and assessment of cultural heritage objects in order to make responsible choices regarding their treatment. The choices made have to be critically tested prior treatment and adjusted when needed as part of the course of treatment. By gaining as much experience as possible in both research and treatment practice, the conservation trainee will learn to develop a flexible attitude and gain enough self-confidence to take responsibility for the whole conservation treatment process. 

Work Placement

The full academic training in Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Heritage concludes with one or more internships during the last year of the Advanced Professional Programme. The conservation trainees start applying for possible work placements during the first months of the programme. This can be at museums, cultural heritage institutions, research institution and private conservation studios wordwide, as long as they work within the conservation code of ethics.

Host venues are expected to involve the trainees in all daily matters of working practice, for example:

  • Participate in ongoing treatments;
  • Participate in professional discussions;
  • Become acquainted with studios of various specialisations if present at the host venue;
  • Participate in assessing objects of cultural heritage;
  • Be involved in loan procedures;
  • Take part in meetings.

The interns are expected to conform to the house rules of the host venue. All documentation and other reports should be completed and handed-in to both the host venue supervisor and the UvA supervisor before the end of the internship.

Examples of work placements
  • In the Netherlands
    • Amsterdam Museum, Amsterdam
    • Atelier van Beemen, Amsterdam
    • Special Collections Leiden University Libraries, Leiden
    • Frans Hals Museum, Haarlem
    • Gemeentemuseum, Den Haag
    • Koninklijke Bibliotheek, Den Haag
    • Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo
    • Maritiem Museum, Rotterdam
    • Mauritshuis, Den Haag
    • Museum Het Valkhof, Nijmegen
    • Museum Volkenkunde, Amsterdam
    • Nationaal Museum van Wereldculturen, Amsterdam; Berg en Dal; Leiden
    • Paleis het Loo, Apeldoorn
    • Cultural Heritage Agency - Research, Amsterdam
    • Cultural Heritage Agency - Collections, Rijswijk
    • Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
    • Rijksmuseum van Oudheden, Leiden
    • Rijksmuseum Twenthe, Enschede
    • Stadsarchief Amsterdam, Amsterdam
    • Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
    • Universiteitsmuseum, Utrecht
    • Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam
  • Abroad
    • ABEGG-Stiftung, Riggisberg
    • Arizona State Museum, Tucson
    • Armémuseum, Stockholm
    • Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
    • Bek & Frohnert LLC, New York
    • Centre de Recherche et de Restauration des Musées de France (C2RMF), Paris
    • Château de Versailles, Versailles
    • Corning Museum of Glass, Corning
    • Design Museum, Ghent
    • Die Neue Sammlung, Pinakothek der Moderne, München
    • Fine Arts Museums, San Francisco
    • Grassi Museum für Völkerkunde, Leipzig
    • KIK-IRPA, Brussel
    • Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), Los Angeles
    • Musée des Arts décoratifs, Paris
    • Musée National de la Céramique, Sèvres
    • Musei Vaticani, Rome
    • Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid
    • Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York
    • National Conservation Centre, Liverpool
    • National Library of Ireland, Dublin
    • National Museums Liverpool, Liverpool
    • National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh
    • National Trust, UK
    • Pergamon Museum, Berlin
    • Plowden & Smith Ltd, London
    • Roeck Restaurierung, Berlin
    • S.M.A.K., Ghent
    • Tate Modern, London
    • The British Library, London
    • The British Museum, London
    • The Getty Conservation Institute, Los Angeles
    • The Metropolitan Museum of Art , New York
    • The Smithsonian, Washington
    • Trinity College Library, Dublin
    • Universiteit Antwerpen, Antwerpen
    • Vatican Museum, Citta del Vaticano
    • Victoria and Albert Museum, London
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Language of instruction
Conditions for admission
Academic/research university degree (WO)
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University Quarter