Sharing Knowledge

The Art History Department's research does not stand alone, but is part of a network of social partners, national and international universities and research institutes. This collaboration allows us to apply our knowledge in society and thus contribute to a better society.

If you are looking for a scientific partner, speaker or guest speaker or other form of cooperation and/or knowledge sharing, please contact us.


Climate change and heritage

On the occasion of the publication of his book De Toekomst van het Verleden, Prof. Thijs Weststeijn gave several talks and interviews. You can listen to the interview on NPO Radio 1

Educational tools for secondary school students

Dr Sanne Frequin made MedievalMe, an innovative educational tool designed to engage secondary school students in the exploration of a fascinating medieval manuscript. This enigmatic manuscript, considered a masterpiece held by the KB National Library of the Netherlands, is brought to life in the form of a serious game. The game employs cutting-edge virtual reality (VR) technology to immerse students in the study of this medieval relic, while also emphasizing the significance of collaborative scientific investigation.

Training future heritage researchers, conservators and curators

Prof. Koen Ottenheym (Architectural History and Heritage) and Dr Eloy Koldeweij (Rijksdienst voor Cultureel erfgoed and Utrecht University lecturer) participate in the Palamusto project. One of the aims of the large research project is to learn researchers how to conserve, curate and manage the palace-museum on site. They will learn how to explain the palace’s societal relevance to all stakeholders and audiences engaged with heritage. 

Participating and creating data networks

Prof. Sven Dupre’s Art DATIS project links the digitised archives of glass artist Sybren Valkema (1916 – 1996) to open data. Sources containing historical recipes an d techniques for glass production as well as images and object documentation are currently being digitised by museums and research institutions around the world. Linking these date for research purposes can bring new insights into the production of Free glass. The project (2018 – 2022) is a collaboration between Utrecht University, Amsterdam University, RKD Dutch Institute for Art History, the Free Glass Foundation and Picturae.