18 November 2012

Objects in context?

European universities host outstanding libraries, archives, museums, collections and monuments of historic, scientific and artistic interest.

This heritage embodies the universities’ 900-year contribution to the advancement of science and knowledge and is a major component of European identity and culture.

In order to raise awareness to the importance of university heritage, UNIVERSEUM, the European University Heritage Network, has established 18 November as European University Heritage Day.

On this day, European universities celebrate their common cultural heritage through special activities, debates, conferences and access to their museums, collections and monuments. The theme for 2012 is: Objects in context?

Announcement  (PDF)




University of Padua

Conferences and events


Animals past and present – myth and science

Museum of Geology and Palaeontology and Museum of Zoology

19 November – 16.00

Program in Englishprogram in Italian


Pre-cinema instruments: between science and spectacle

Museum of the History of Physics

19 November – 17.00

Program in Englishprogram in Italian


Archives of excavation: the rediscovery of a heritage

Museum of Archaeological Science and Art

22 November – 15.30

Program in Englishprogram in Italian


The mummy of the high priest of Thoth

Museum of Anthropology

20 November – morning and afternoon

Program in Englishprogram in Italian



Université libre de Bruxelles – ULB


Free activities and participative workshops about gastronomy Ecomusée du Viroin in Treignes – Network of ULB’s Museums



National and Kapodistrian University of Athens


Learning Activity for families – "Inanimate Objects have you then a soul? The use before reuse"

History Museum 18 November 2012

PosterPress release