Summer School - Museum Objects as Evidence, 6- 24 July 2018, The Netherlands


March 18, 2018

Event Date:

July 06, 2018 - July 24, 2018

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Summer School - Museum Objects as Evidence

Programme content and structure

During the daily sessions case studies will be discussed with interdisciplinary teams of conservators, curators and researchers, using objects drawn mainly from the collections of the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. Sessions will primarily take place at the Rijksmuseum, while excursions to other museums and institutions form part of the programme. Each day will end with a wrap up discussion on the theme of the day led by one of the students. Key themes will include:

  • Reading the object
  • Issues of authenticity
  • The biography of the object
  • Damage or decay
  • The afterlife of the object
  • Reimagining the object
  • Meaning through display
  • Thinking of the future

Students will also be introduced to the use of several advanced analytical techniques. Demonstrations will be given using various kinds of technical apparatus, so that the participants can gain first-hand information about the principles , and perhaps more importantly, the possibilities and limitations of technical analysis. Students will take part in an interactive programme of lectures, practical assignments and discussions, with the aim of facilitating an overall hands-on experience. Students will emerge from this programme with a unique set of tools and perspectives for conducting research in material-based cultural history.

Learning goals

At the end of the course, students will:

  • be aware of the potential that objects of cultural heritage have as historical evidence;
  • have a basic understanding of the material traces left by the making process, use and conservation of objects of cultural heritage;
  • understand the techniques of examination and analysis used to investigate objects of cultural heritage;
  • be able to formulate relevant historical questions that can potentially be answered by investigating objects; 
  • be able ultimately to achieve new interpretations of objects by synthesizing the approaches and outcomes of the different kinds of investigation introduced by the course;
  • have built a network of experts and fellow-students;
  • be introduced to various professional practices.

Application and admission 

Museum Objects as Evidence is primarily aimed at young professionals and students of history, art history, archaeology and anthropology, but other humanities students interested in questions of cultural heritage may apply.

Application documents

Students can apply for the summer course by completing the digital application form and uploading the following documents:

  • Passport identity page. A scan of the identity page of your passport. If you do not have a passport yet, please upload a scan of your identity card or driver's licence.
  • Transcripts. Transcripts of all higher educational institutes you will have attended before enrolment in the summer programme, listing all grades and credits obtained. If you have more than one transcript, please put them together in one document that can be uploaded here.
  • Personal interest/prior experience essay. Describe in 350 words (maximum) why you are  interested in taking this course. Please include: all previous academic and/or formal training experience in the field, specific areas of interest and what you specifically wish to learn relating to the topic.
  • Curriculum vitae. A detailed up-to-date overview of your educational and professional (including voluntary work) career. 

Selection procedure

A limited number of 15 participants will be admitted to the course.

  • Selection of applicants is based on academic achievement, relevant work experience and motivation to apply.
  • All applications must be submitted online and in English. Applications or related materials delivered via email, postal mail, or in person will not be accepted.
  • Final selection will be made by the programme committee in March 2018. All applicants will be notified by 30 March 2018.

Minimum and maximum participation limit

As there is a maximum participation limit for this course, an early application is recommended.

  • If students know there is a chance they may have to cancel, programme committee encourages them to contact them as soon as possible so that other applicants may take their place and so that non-refundable items (such as housing) are not booked for them. 
  • In the event that a programme must be cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances, students who have paid tuition and housing fees will be reimbursed in full.  
  • The University of Amsterdam, Rijksmuseum and the Bard Graduate Center reserve the right to cancel the Summer School should the number of eligible applicants not meet the minimum requirement or due to unforeseen circumstances.

Tuition and Costs

The course fee is € 1000. This fee covers for participation in the programme, orientation package, site visits, entrance fees, lunches, coffee breaks, 2 drinks receptions, a joint dinner and a certificate of attendance (upon request). The course fee does not include travel to and from Amsterdam nor housing.

Housing costs

The estimated housing costs are:

  • Shared room with shared facilities € 400
  • Private room, shared facilities € 450
  • Private room, private facilities € 550

U21/LERU Partial Scholarship

If your home university is a member of the Universitas 21 Networkand/or the LERU Network then you may be eligible for a tuition reduction scholarship of €500.

  • You must be a current student at that university when you apply for the summer programme. 
  • Students from Dutch universities on these lists are not eligible for these scholarships.    
  • If you meet the above conditions and would like to be considered for the scholarship, please indicate in the ‘Finances’ section in the application form that you are applying for a LERU/U21 tuition reduction scholarship
  • The final decision on granting these scholarships is made by the UvA following the acceptance of the candidates into the summer programmes.
  • The €500 scholarship will be deducted from your tuition.

AUF/AUV Travel Grant Scholarship

The Amsterdam University Fund offers one partial scholarship valued at € 215 for students participating in the summer programme Museum Objects as Evidence.

  • The scholarship will help cover the expenses for travel to and from the Netherlands.
  • Applicants must have applied to one of summer programmes and reside outside of the Netherlands.
  • If you meet the above conditions and would like to be considered for the scholarship, please write 'AUF/AUV' in the ‘Finances’ section in the online application, and write a one-page addendum to your motivation letter which states why you need the travel grant in order to participate in the summer programme.
  • The grant cannot be used in conjuncture with other scholarships (i.e. LERU/U21).
  • The €215 scholarship will be deducted from your tuition.


Students can apply for housing in one of the international student residences. Placement in general is in private rooms with shared facilities (bathroom and kitchen) but students may apply for a shared  room or a private room with private facilities.

The housing fee that has to be paid depends on the students’ housing preferences:

  • Shared room with shared facilities € 400
  • Private room, shared facilities € 450
  • Private room, private facilities € 550

The check-in date for housing is Friday, 6 July 2018
The check-out date for housing is Saturday, 24 July 2018.


  • Each building has a laundry facility (washers & dryers). Detergent is not provided.
  • Some buildings have a Common Room (with a TV, lounge area). 
  • All buildings have internet connection (wired or wireless).
  • Students will be provided a bedding/linen packet. Towels are not included in this packet. There is usually plenty of pots, pans, utensils, etc., in the kitchens left behind from previous students. If students find that this is not the case, there are several stores to buy kitchen supplies.
  • Things to remember to bring are towel, power/plug converters (220 Voltage) and a network cable with RJ 45 connector. 


In order to attend the summer programme, you will need to obtain a Schengen or Short Stay Visa (Visum Kort Verblijf).

  • You will not need a (provisional) residence permit since the summer programme is less than 3 months in length. 
  • Students from certain countries do not need an entry visa. 

The Summer School Office is only able to send a letter to support visa purposes if all fees have been paid. 

Health Insurance Insurance

You are required to have appropriate health insurance for the duration of your stay in the Netherlands.

  • For a diagram that indicates which insurance applies to you, please refer to the pdf 'Health insurance checklist' on Nuffic: Study in Holland.
  • Please check before you go to the Netherlands whether your insurance will cover the complete period of your stay abroad, and what type of coverage it consists of.

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Publish Date
February 23, 2018
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