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Monday Morning Coffee: Archive


  • September 25
  • March 27
  • February 12: Welcome to 2023!


December 12: Systems for working in and with collections
October 17: Pleasant chat …

… about the various ways we honour and remember the history and heritage of our own institutions and how that is changing in recent years with more and more reflexive and critical perspectives. Also: models and chairs in Delft!

September 5: Catching up
  • Recent conferences: our great Universeum “Tour de Belgium“ this July, ICOM/UMAC in Prague, the Flensburg meeting about “Objects of Understanding
  • The new and improved Universeum Newsletter
  • Teaching collections outside of higher education from primary and secondary schools to vocational institutions (inspired by the Flensburg conference)
  • How much is visiting museums connected to well being? Should we put that aspect front and center, like it is done in Aberdeen at the moment?
May 23 & June 27: Today at the University Museum!

Marek thinks, we should tell each other more about what is going on at our local museums and in our regional networks. We all agree. We develop some ideas. And we kept the discussion going until we had a plan. Coming soon: really interesting news!

March 28: Mathematical Models and The Challenges of Collection Management

Robert showed us the relaunched Digital Archive of Mathematical Models.

February 21: Pleasant chat

We chatted in a small group. Very pleasant, very motivating. 😊

January 24: New Year edition

Our optimistic (as always) outlook into the new year. It will be a year with lots of conferences where we will be able to meet in person again:


December 13: The impossible collection

4 Screens on 4 LocationsJean Davoigneau and Loïc Jeanson organized a live observatory visit with the title: “The impossible collection“. They  shared the result of their research project on French meridian circles (a meridian circle is a specific category of refracting telescope, used to measure transit of stars across the local meridian). For that, they explored new approaches to mediation and the use of digital tools. We virtually and simultaneously connected with Toulouse, Hendaye, Besançon, Paris and Strasbourg to discover the instruments in situ and share with the participants of the project.

November 15: Open Talk

No fixed topic. The floor was open for everybody to share ideas, hopes and plans for the coming period. Also: European Academic Heritage Day 2021: Hidden Stories.

September 2: Live from….! at the UMACUniverseum Conference 2021

Video here! With Liselot Neervoort (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam), Rüdiger Hoffmann/Jörg Zaun (Historical Acoustic-Phonetic Collection of Technical University Dresden), Peny Theologi-Gouti (Science and Technology Museum of the University of Patras) and Laurens de Rooy (Museum Vrolik, Amsterdam).

June 28: Holidays are here, and the end of the pandemic is near

Or is it?

April 19: LIVE! From the Observatory of Astronomy of Strasbourg!

A rather spontaneous and low-tech experiment of a live session from the Observatory of Astronomy of Strasbourg. We had the opportunity to discover the site, including the recently restaured celestial globe of CoronelliPierre-Alain Duc, director of the observatory, was our friendly host, and Sébastien revealed his considerable talents as camera operator.

March 1: Digital Strategies at the Museum of English Rural Life

We were joined by Kate Arnold Foster, Guy Baxter and Joe Vaughan from the Museum of English Rural Life (University of Reading). We talked with them about how they managed to acquire and maintain more than 150.000 Twitter followers, and how they engage such a fine social media audience with other digital platforms of museum and university collections.

February 1: Intangible Heritage
January 11


December 7: Decolonising academic heritage
November 2: Visualisation and online exhibition resources

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