Antwerp, Belgium

Ethnographic collections, aspects of research, preservation and conservation

when 23 August 2017 - 31 August 2017
language English
duration 2 weeks
fee EUR 380

The summer school will take eight days, including an excursion day in the weekend. Each day experts and students will discuss a topic in the morning. In the afternoon the focus is on practice.

During four days, we will widen the field of research on ethnographic artifacts. Participants will learn about the most relevant non-destructive research techniques and how to put these techniques to use. They will also acquire the skills necessary for reading, understanding and researching marks, combination of materials, different layers of dirt, coating(s), paintings, corrosion, pest damages... Following the reading and understanding of the object, types of cleaning, gluing and consolidation will be presented, discussed and sometimes practiced.

Furthermore, the participants will research an ethnographic museum object. Central question: which information to gather and how to do it.

The Saturday excursion will already look at museum storages with ethnographic material and exhibitions with ethnographic displays. The following two days, we will look at and discuss storage environment and materials, as well making mounting materials and storage covers.

The last day participants give a personal presentation of their own object and the report they have written during the summer school, and a group presentation about their work in the museums.

Course leader

Carolina Vanderstar

Target group

Master students in Conservation Studies

Professionals, working in the field of restauration or conservation of ethnographic artifacts, with at least 2 years of experience

Interested parties within the field, such as cultural anthropologists

Credits info


Fee info

EUR 380: Students
EUR 480: Professionals