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Medical museums: material sources in medical history

On March 7, 2022, we hope to see you at HHH’s 2022 spring meeting “Medical museums: material sources in medical history”, live at the Museum Boerhaave (the Dutch science and medicine museum) in Leiden.

Historians of medicine have access to many different types of sources. “Medical museums: material sources in medical history” focusses on objects. It deals with approaches and methods for analysing, describing and the keeping of objects in collections and museums, and introduces the participants to (creative) methodologies of using objects in knowledge utilization projects (in exhibitions, art installations and the like). Keynote speaker Sophie Goggins (senior curator biomedical science at the National Museums of Scotland) has been very successful in this field and will share insights from her projects and research. Four workshops address timely issues in object research and utilization (curating, design, ethics and digital heritage).


12.30-13.30 Lunch

13.30-13.35 Opening

13.35-14.30 Keynote lecture by Sophie Goggins (National Museums of Scotland) (also available via livestream)

14.30-15.30 Parallel sessions – choose from:

  • Workshop #1, Curating collections by Kristel Wautier (University Museum Ghent, Belgium)
  • Workshop #2, Designing an exhibition by Denise Schipper (Studio Louter)
  • Guided tour by Bart Grob (Museum Boerhaave)

15.30-15.45 Tea break

15.45-16.45 Parallel sessions – choose from:

  • Workshop #3, Ethics and the museum by Fenneke Sysling (Leiden University)
  • Workshop #4, Digital medical heritage by Hugo Schalkwijk (Florence Nightingale Institute/University of Amsterdam)
  • Guided tour by Bart Grob (Museum Boerhaave)

16.45-17.00 Closing remarks

Registration and information

Registration is free and possible until March 1. Please send an e-mail to our secretary Timo Bolt at t.bolt@erasmusmc.nl and indicate which workshops or guided tour you would like to follow.

Of the opening and the keynote lecture by Sophie Goggins a livestream will be provided for those who cannot join us in Leiden. The rest of the programme is offered on location at the Museum Boerhaave in Leiden only.

For graduate students an additional learning programme will be offered through the Huizinga Institute.