Nederlandse Vereniging voor Medische Geschiedenis

7 maart 2022 HHH Spring meeting: Medical museums: material sources in medical history

24 februari 2022, door webredactie NVMG

Op 7 maart 2022 vindt de voorjaarsbijeenkomst van History, Health & Healing plaats in het Boerhaave Museum in Leiden. 


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Historians of medicine have access to many different types of sources. The HHH spring meeting “Medical museums: material sources in medical history” focusses on objects. It deals with approaches and methods for analysing, describing and the keeping of objects in collections and museums, and introduces the participants to (creative) methodologies of using objects in knowledge utilization projects (in exhibitions, art installations and the like).


12.30-13.30 Lunch


13.30-13.35 Opening


13.35-14.30 Keynote lecture by Sophie Goggins (Senior Curator Biomedical Science, National Museums of Scotland)
Objects and heritage are important in medical history not only as material sources, but also because their display in museums generates societal impact. Sophie Goggins and her team have been very successful in doing this, producing six award winning permanent galleries. The subject of Goggins’s most recent temporary exhibition was contemporary work in tropical disease and parasitology. In her research she focusses on the patient’s voice in a museum context.


14.30-15.30 Parallel sessions Round 1. Choose from:

  • Workshop #1, Curating collections by Kristel Wautier (University Museum Ghent)
  • Workshop #2, Designing an exhibition by Denise Schipper (Studio Louter)
  • Guided tour by Bart Grob (Rijksmuseum Boerhaave)


15.30-15.45 Tea break


15.45-16.45 Parallel sessions Round 2. Choose from:

  • Workshop #3, Ethics and the museum by Fenneke Sysling (Leiden University)
  • Workshop #4, Digital medical heritage by Hugo Schalkwijk (Florence Nightingale Institute/University of Amsterdam)
  • Guided tour by Bart Grob (Rijksmuseum Boerhaave)


16.45-17.00 Closing remarks

Registration and information


Registration is free and possible until March 1. Please send an e-mail to our secretary Timo Bolt at [email protected] and indicate which workshops or guided tour you would like to follow.


Of the opening and the keynote lecture by Sophie Goggins a livestream will be provided for those who cannot join us in Leiden. The rest of the programme is offered on location at the Museum Boerhaave in Leiden only.