VU heritage and collections

The university library is the curator of unique heritage collections, documenting the history of the VU, the history of research and education at the VU and of Protestantism and other special materials. We make these collections available through e.g. LibSearch, our Image Database, Geoplaza and in exhibitions.
Our special collections consist of:

- Academic Heritage Objects (Liselotte Neervoort)
- Maps (Reinout Klaarenbeek)
- Art (Wende Wallert)
- Manuscripts and Early printed books (Willemien van Dijk)
- Dutch Protestant Heritage (Jasmijn Vervloet

‘How to…. portray a professor?’
What constitutes a good professor portrait for the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam? This question is the subject of the exhibition and the debate ‘How to portray a professor’, organised by the WO&MEN@vu network in collaboration with VU Heritage and Collections. Does this involve a painting, a photo or a film? Is it abstract or figurative? Do we see an individual or a team, a researcher or a lecturer? We are eager to hear what students and staff think about this issue. To give you some inspiration, the exhibition also presents a selection from the VU collection of professor portraits.

Exhibition Cabinet of Wonder
Artists, students and curators created Cabinets of Wonder, inspired by the collections of VU Amsterdam. Wander over the Campus, listen to the stories and be amazed!

Interactive exhibition To Tell The Truth
From July until October 2018 we display a new object in the VU heritage collections showcase and on the page interactive exhibition To Tell The Truth every few weeks. Alongside each item are three stories: one that's true and two that are made up. Do you know which story tells the truth...?