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Examine and experience the material features and characteristic appearances of medieval manuscripts, annotated books, prints, drawings, photographic albums and much more, in various settings.

Experience the collections
Visit the exhibition Touching Treasures, from 7 June to 9 September, at Leiden University Library. Or interact with the material from the special collections under supervision of curators and experts during hands-on demonstrations. And at a symposium in the autumn a selection of digital research techniques will be demonstrated and discussed, that will teach us more about the material culture behind special collections.

Via the agenda we will  keep you informed about the programme activities:


9 April  Touching Treasures: The History of Photography (in Dutch)
8 May: In contact with collections: academic heritage


Past activities:           


6 February -27 March:

Course Determination of historical photographic processes

22 March:

Performance De Vrijheijdt (1787). A Leiden opera in three parts

5 & 6 April: 
Symposium the Materiality of Photographs in het Stedelijk Museum 

17 May

In contact with collections: medieval manuscripts
28 May: In contact with collections:  intriguing historical cameras from Leiden University's photocollection
30 May: Lecture and demonstration Chinese typewriter
22 May: In contact with collections: maps and atlases (in Dutch)
15 June - 9 September: Exhibition Touching Treasures
27 September: In contact with collections: Touching Treasures (in Dutch)
 11 October - 23 November: Determineren van historische grafische en fotomechanische technieken (in Dutch)
16 November: Symposium Digital techniques and consequences for research

10 December:

Symposium The ‘Holy Land’ and Modernity: the Frank Scholten Collection in Context

21 December:

In contact with collections: maps and atlases (in Dutch)


Special issue De Boekenwereld (Dutch magazine)

10 January: Study afternoon on bibliophile printing and demonstration on BDMS printing press
17 January: Study afternoon on Priesterbibliotheek of Noordwijk
13 February: In contact with collections: South and South East Asia 
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