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OSK Summer School ‘Historic House Museums: Conserving & Curating Architecture, Interiors and Collections’
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1 Juli 2018


OSK ResMA Summer School 2017-2018






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



Enrolment is possible until January 31, 2018


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 Castle Middachten, Castle Rosendael, 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 past owners and inhabitants and their changing demands and habits over time. Nowadays these buildings are regarded as essential components of Dutch national, regional and local identity and many of them have become tourist attractions. Therefore, we will study their architecture and art historic importance, as well as the various ways in which curators and heritage specialists help the general public to understand the meaning and value of these monuments. Furthermore, we will discuss the complex issues of the growing heritage industry and the need to insure the material survival of these monuments.


Both urban museum houses (mainly in Amsterdam) and country houses and castles (and their gardens) will be part of the programme. 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 on May 25, 2018. Students will write an essay of approximately 4.000 words, to be handed in after the course.



Kick-off meeting: May 25, 2018. 2 -5 pm.

Course: 2 July 2018 – 9 July 2018


Taught by:

Prof. dr. Koen Ottenheym (Utrecht University), dr. Eloy Koldeweij (Utrecht University/RCE) 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. ResMA students without a Dutch ov-card may apply for a small travel stipend.



info@onderzoekschoolkunstgeschiedenis.nl. Provide a CV and short letter of motivation. Deadline: January 31, 2018.


The course has four main components:

1. Preparatory meeting in Utrecht - May 25, 2-5 p.m.

2. July 2-9: daily seminars in Utrecht as well as several day-excursions.

3. Presentation of your research to the group on July 9 (full day of presentations).

4. 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 31, 2018. Students will be informed about admittance no later than February 15, 2018.


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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