The Allard Pierson Museum and Special Collections will join to become the Allard Pierson

1 February 2018

The Allard Pierson Museum and Special Collections of the University of Amsterdam will join to become the Allard Pierson: the museum and the institute for cultural heritage collections of the University of Amsterdam.

 During the coming year, structural alterations will be carried out and a programme of renovation will be initiated. The Allard Pierson Museum and Special Collections will continue to be open as usual . By the spring of 2019, renovations will be completed. In the meantime, we will be experiencing a period of transition. The acquisitions and collections policies will remain unaltered.

From the Nile to the Amstel

In the coming year, hard work will be put into renovation. An extension will be created along the inner side of the building, making more floor space available for the dynamic presentation of the collections From the Nile to the Amstel. The resulting arrangement will cover the fields of acquisition in their entirety: from the archaeological collections of what is now the Allard Pierson Museum to the areas covered by the collections of what is now Special Collections.

A collection zone will be created where the restoration workshops will jointly be housed. The reference library will be brought up to date and a new auditorium will be built. The Museum Café will remain and will possibly be extended.

The services department in the reading room of the research library and the topical offerings of activities and exhibitions will be maintained. The exhibition Crossroads. Travelling through the Middle Ages can be seen through 2 April (with extended opening due to the success of the exhibition).

Organisation

Under the management of director Wim Hupperetz, head curator Marike van Roon and head of business operations Yvonne Twisk, we will work on accomplishing this transition, including the structural alterations, designing the Van Nijl tot Amstel (From the Nile to the Amstel) and other exhibitions, and various events. The organisational structure was adapted to the new situation as of 1 January 2018.

About the Allard Pierson Museum and Special Collections

The Allard Pierson Museum & Special Collections administer, make available and present the cultural heritage of the University of Amsterdam and are divisions of the Library of the University of Amsterdam / Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences.

www.allardpiersonmuseum.nl/en and www.bijzonderecollecties.uva.nl/en

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