Staff and students display their selections from the VU heritage collections

From 6 November until 8 January, staff and students will present their personal selections from VU Amsterdam’s heritage collections in the University Library’s heritage showcase.

11/06/2017 | 11:33 AM

expositie vu schatkamer From 6 November until 8 January, staff and students will present their personal selections from VU Amsterdam’s heritage collections in the University Library’s heritage showcase. The heritage items reveal the history of education and research in various fields at our university. You can find some surprising things in the collection: from stuffed owls, 17th-century bibles and globes, artwork, and medals from student associations to 3.5-billion-year-old fossils and microscopes from the 1970s. The University Library Heritage Showcase is located on the first floor of the Main Building at the entrance to the central library.

New objects and stories each week
In the coming months, a total of seven staff members and students will visit the heritage collections as guest curators and choose an object which fascinates them. The University Library has also invited several experts to select an object from the collection which relates to their field of study. Each week, we will unveil two objects and post details on www.ub.vu.nl , explaining why the object has been chosen and what the story is behind it.

Mini-lectures by subject-matter experts
Each week, one of the subject-matter experts will hold a ten-minute mini-lecture at the University Library Heritage Showcase about an object of his or her choice.

This week
Our first guest curator is Hilde van Wijngaarden, the new director of the University Library. She has selected a handwritten bible. VU historian Ab Flipse is the first subject-matter expert who will show his favourite VU heritage object. This is the old VU Amsterdam logo: The seal with the virgin in the garden, which was used before we adopted the griffin logo in 1989. Ab Flipse will be holding his mini-lecture at the University Library Heritage Showcase on Tuesday 7 November at 12:30. Everyone is welcome!

Using heritage items for your teaching or research
If you are curious about the treasures in the heritage collections and would like to use these for your teaching or research, please contact the curators via vraag.ub@vu.nl .

Articles for the heritage collection
Do you have an article which you think deserves a place in the heritage collection? If so, please contact Academic Heritage Objects project leader Liselotte Neervoort