Both during the Master and Post-Master programmes historical and art objects are subjected to supervised assessments, research and conservation treatments. A number of these objects derive from the study collections set up by the teachers of each specialisation. Often these collections are compiled from donations, objects bought at second-hand markets and objects made available within the personal circles of teachers and students. Other objects that are treated come from museum collections and other cultural institutions, such as archives, libraries and historic monuments. The study and treatment of such objects that have a high cultural and financial value is an integral part of both training programmes. Within a realistic but supervised setting the Master students and Post-Master trainees learn to operate independently.
Throughout the course of the programme, but especially during the first Post-Master’s year, there is a growing need to provide the trainees with objects with a higher level of significance and museum quality in order to provide the necessary learning environment. Therefore, objects from historical collections and monuments in need of research and conservation are welcome, subject to the rules of acceptance. Key-principles for accepting projects and objects of cultural heritage are their suitability for the learning development of the students and Post-Masters and the fact that the University of Amsterdam does not wish to compete with the professional field regarding objects to be treated. Read more: Rules of acceptance.