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Alumni Network Conservation and Restoration

The Alumni Network Conservation and Restoration is for alumni of the two-year Master and those of the successive two-year Advanced Professional Programme in Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Heritage at the UvA. In addition, alumni of the higher vocational programme at ICN and the five-year postgraduate programme at SRAL are welcome to join.


The joint Master and Post-Master programme Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Heritage was officially founded in 2005 as result of merging the former professional master at the ICN, now RCE, and the post-graduate programme at the SRAL. Since then, the number of alumni has steadily grown and an academic conservation community has been established. Alumni have a broad variety of backgrounds and nationalities and have found their positions worldwide. The Alumni Network Conservation and Restoration aims to facilitate contact in order to stay connected and to consolidate the conservation and restoration network between alumni and the programme, the students, and current and former lecturers.

  • Join

    Join the network and enjoy the benefits of a membership of the UvA Alumni Association (AUV) and events specifically organised by and for members of the Alumni Network Conservation and Restoration. You receive an AUV card, which offers exclusive services and discounts at university facilities and cultural partners in Amsterdam, and you can get a free library card from the University Library. 

  • International Alumni

    Are you continuing your studies or work abroad? As AUV member you are welcome to join the events of the International Chapters in Belgium, China, Russia, United Kingdom and the United States. In addition, as international AUV member, you are welcome to subscribe to the International Alumni Network Netherlands (IANN), the alumni circle of the AUV for all international and international-minded UvA alumni living in the Netherlands. For the same membership fee, all AUV members can subscribe to a maximum of two circles, meaning that if you have studied Art History or Chemistry at the UvA, you are welcome to join these circles as well. 

  • Activities

    The alumni network offers members various activities focusing on developments in the field of conservation and restoration as well as networking opportunities with alumni,  and current students. Suggestions for activities are welcome.

    Other Conservation and Restoration events

    Past events

    29 October 2021 - Excursion Blacksmith’s Guild Sint Eloyen Gasthuis
    Members of the Alumni Network for Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Heritage were invited to visit the Sint Eloyen Gasthuis, the only surviving guild in the Netherlands. For an impression, see Report Excursion St Eloyen Gasthuis 2021

    7 April 2021 - Online Social Event
    Members of the Alumni Network for Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Heritage are invited to join an Online Social Event to catch up with everyone virtually.

    31 January 2020 - New Years Drinks
    The Alumni Network Conservation and Restoration celebrated the beginning of the new year together with its members over drinks at the UvA Conservation and Restoration department.

    26 November 2019 -  City Trip Leiden
    The first City Trip for members has been to Leiden, for various studio visits, including the conservation studios of the National Museum of Antiquities (RMO), the depot building of Museum Boerhave, and privat studio of Mandy Slager, where we concluded the day over drinks. See Report City Trip Leiden 2019.

    2 November 2019 - AUV Day 2019
    During the yearly AUV Day, the Alumni Network Conservation and Restoration has been officially welcomed as a new 'circle' of the Amsterdam University Association (AUV). For an impression, see Photo Album AUV Day 2019

    3 September 2019 - Launch of the Alumni Network for Conservation and Restoration
    The Alumni Network Conservation and Restoration was launched, introducing the board and future plans and welcoming all conservators who have been academically trained in the Netherlands.

  • Board
    Bestuur AUV alumnikring conservation restoration 2019
    From left to right: Sanneke Stigter, Anniek Manshanden, Melissa Daugherty, Vidar Thijssen, Marjolein Koek, Jazzy de Groot, the latter two followed up by Jessica Hensel and Herre de Vries. (Photo by Tess Graafland)
    Sanneke Stigter Chair
    Anniek Manshanden Secretary
    Melissa Daugherty Treasurer
    Jessica Hensel General Member
    Vidar Thijssen General Member
    Herre de Vries General Member
    Fenna Engelke Student Member
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