Netherlands Institute for Conservation, Art and Science

NICAS Colloquium

09Jan2020 12:00 - 13:00


The next edition of the NICAS Colloquium takes place on Thursday, 9 January 2020, from 12:00 to 13:00 in Conference Room B of the Atelier Building (Hobbemastraat 22, Amsterdam).


The chair of this colloquium will be Fréderique Broers (Rijksmuseum).


The following presentations are scheduled for this edition of the NICAS Colloquium:


Developing climate specifications for museums

Bart Ankersmit

In this presentation the focus will be on the way the indoor climate specifications for museums are developed. While traditionally the needs for the collections were often provided by the expert as a set of numbers, nowadays they are developed in a process. Controlling this process while maintaining the building process is a big challenge which often leads to frustration and stalling.

In order to stay within deadlines a proper project management and the use of the best available knowhow is eminent. In this lecture the 9-step process to develop the optimum indoor climate specs is presented. Also a suggestion is done to align these 9 steps with the architects building process.

Bart Ankersmit holds a PhD in inorganic chemistry (University of Amsterdam, 1996). He joined ICN (now RCE) in 1996 as a conservation scientist working on metals, indoor air pollution, preventive conservation and risk management. He was program manager of the program ‘Historic Interiors’ at the RCE from 2015 until 2018.


Interviews in Conservation Research

Sanneke Stigter

This NWO-KIEM-funded project ‘Interviews in Conservation Research’ aims for an integral approach for the use of oral history in conservation research, with case studies from project partners the Rijksmuseum and the Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands. While museums and heritage institutions are constantly looking for new research methods for the conservation of our cultural heritage, personal testimonies of the people who have influenced their form are rarely accessible, whereas these are crucial for the course of an artwork’s life.

In recent years more attention has been paid to interviewing, yet most institutions are still barely equipped to archive and disclose this material in a sustainable and methodologically sound way. The goal of this research is to design an overarching model for museums, heritage institutions and freelance conservators that, moreover, reflects the use of these sources as a dynamic process, creating a living archive with room for user interpretation to deepen our insight about the subject discussed.

Sanneke Stigter obtained her PhD in 2016. She has been an Assistant Professor for Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Heritage at the University of Amsterdam since 2007. Her research focuses on conceptual art, oral history, and new approaches in conservation research.





Thursday, 9 January 2020


12:00 – 13:00 hrs


Conference Room B, Atelier Building
Hobbemastraat 22, Amsterdam

Published by  NICAS