CfA: Summer School Ethnographic collections, aspects of research, preservation and conservation

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Intensive 8-day programme focused on power objects, with organic and anorganic materials, bringing together experts in an interdisciplinary workshop week.


Campus Mutsaard, University of Antwerp, Belgium 


22 - 30 August 2018


  • 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

External partners

Etnocoll, FARO, King Baudouin Foundation

Course description

In this 8-day programme, experts, in cooperation with museums, will guide you. The days are usually divided in a more theoretical morning, while in the afternoon the focus is on applied sciences.

We will start with widening the field of research on ethnographic artefacts. You will learn about the most relevant non-destructive research techniques and how to put these techniques to use. You 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, we will present, discuss and sometimes practice types of cleaning, gluing and consolidation.Furthermore, your will research an ethnographic museum object.

The Saturday excursion will look at museum storages with ethnographic material and exhibitions with ethnographic displays in Belgium. The following days, we will look at and discuss storage environment and materials, as well making mounting materials and storage covers, including museum visits in and outside Antwerp.

On the last day, you will give a personal presentation of your own object and the report you have written during the summer school, and a group presentation about your work in the museum.


3 ECTS credits are awarded upon successful completion of the programme.

Registration fee

Students: €380
Professionals: €480

The fee includes coffee breaks, transportation for excursions, one group dinner and social activities. Does not include lunch or accommodation.

Application details

Online through Mobility Online. The application deadline is 30 April 2018.

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