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OSK Summer School 'Historic House Museums: Conserving & Curating Architecture, Interiors and Collections'
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19 t/m 25 Juni 2017
Annelien Krul (info@onderzoekschoolkunstgeschiedenis.nl)

Historic House Museums: Conserving & Curating Architecture, Interiors and Collections



Enrolment is possible until January 9th, 2017



This course will focus on historic houses, castles and residences from the sixteenth up to the twentieth century in use as a museum, such as Het Loo Palace, Castle Zuylen, various canal houses in Amsterdam and the Rietveld-Schröder house. In order to understand their architecture, authentic interiors and rich collections of precious furniture and paintings, we will investigate the way of life and social traditions of the owners and inhabitants in the past and their changing demands and habits in the course of time. Nowadays these buildings are regarded as essential components of national, regional and local identity and many of them have become tourist attractions. Therefore we will both study their architecture and art historic importance and the various ways in which curators and heritage specialists help the general public to understand the meaning and value of these monuments. We will also discuss the complex issues of the growing heritage industry and the need to insure their material survival.


Both museum houses in cities (mainly in Amsterdam) and country houses and castles (and their gardens) will be part of the program. Participants will be able to compare museum houses of various owners, some are property of the state or city, some belong to non-government foundations, and others are still in private hands. 


The course will be taught as a seminar with excursions. There will be a kick-off meeting in May. Students will write an essay of approximately 4.000 words, to be handed in after the course.



Kick-off meeting: 12 May 2017

Course: 19 June 2017 – 25 June 2017


Taught by:

Prof. dr. Koen Ottenheym (Utrecht University), and guest lecturers.



Annelien Krul MA (info@onderzoekschoolkunstgeschiedenis.nl)



Open to all ResMA students and PhD candidates in Art and Architectural History, max. 15 participants. ResMa students have precedence over PhD candidates.



There is no course fee and excursions are subsidized.



info@onderzoekschoolkunstgeschiedenis.nl. Provide a CV and short letter of motivation. Deadline: January 9th, 2017.



The course has three main components:

1. Preparatory meeting in Utrecht (May 12th 2017)

2. June 19-25: daily seminars in Utrecht as well as several day-excursions

3. A short paper (approx. 4.000 words, to be handed in after the course)



Participation in the OSK ResMA Summer School ‘Historic House Museums: Conserving & Curating Architecture, Interiors and Collections’ is open to all students enrolled in a Research Master Program or PhD program in Art- & Architectural History at a Dutch University. The number of participants is limited to 15. ResMA students have precedence over PhD candidates. Deadline for application is January 9th, 2017. Students will be informed about admittance no later than February 1st 2017.


Students are expected to attend all seminars and lectures and read and analyse the texts in advance.



6 EC, to receive after delivering a successful paper and participation. Students have to check with their home university themselves whether the transfer of credits for this course is accepted. OSK will provide a testimonial of work load and EC.


Instruction language: English.

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