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The historical interior: room for reflection

On Wednesday 14 December Anne van Grevenstein will retire as Professor of the Practice of Conservation and Restoration at the University of Amsterdam. In recent years Anne van Grevenstein has made an important contribution to developing the course in conservation and restoration that was set up by the University of Amsterdam in the autumn of 2005. Since then the first cohort of students has successfully attained the Masters Degree and completed the post-initial course which trains candidates in the practice of conservation. To mark Professor van Grevenstein’s departure, the University of Amsterdam (UvA) is organising a symposium in collaboration with the Cultural Heritage Agency (RCE) and the RKD, under the title The historical interior: room for reflection.


Various speakers will give presentations on aspects of the conservation and restoration of historical interiors, the area of cultural heritage that has always been particularly close to Anne van Grevenstein’s heart.

The keynote lecture will be given by Sarah Staniforth, Historic Properties Director at the National Trust (England) since 2005.

The programme will be rounded off by Dr Rudi Ekkart, director of the RKD.

The symposium will be followed by a farewell drinks reception with a chance to meet Anne van Grevenstein.


Date and time
Wednesday 14 December 2011, 1.30pm sharp

Auditorium of the University of Amsterdam, entrance: 411 Singel (at the corner with Spui)

Participation is free and registration is not required.

Anne van Grevenstein has let it be known that she does not wish to receive any retirement gifts. However, she welcomes contributions to a new bursary scheme that has been specially created to mark her retirement. For more information on this fund see the announcement ‘Anne van Grevenstein Stipend.’

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