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The partners of the Network for Religious Heritage are hosting an exciting series of workshops aimed at allowing students and members of the public from across the Netherlands to learn more about heritage.

In these workshops, academics and heritage professionals team up to offer hands-on investigations of key topics in the field of religious heritage: from the repurposing of church buildings to expositions about religious cultural themes, and from archives to education about religious festivals. The workshops take place at various locations in the Netherlands and take participants to village churches, museums, and synagogues.


The workshops are aimed at students (hbo and academic) from various disciplines: art history, theology, religious studies, museum studies, architecture and interior design. The workshops are also open to people who work in the field of religious heritage as curators, policy makers, theologians, architects, etc..

Participant numbers will be limited to the coronavirus regulations, so please register in advance!

17 September - Digital Kick-off meeting Network Religious Heritage

Varied programme of an hour with presentations of workshop leaders, short films and interviews with experts in the field.

Time: 12:00-13:00
Language: Dutch and English
Registration via the registration form

22 September - New (religious) use of an old village church

Workshop on location in Jorwert (Friesland) on the dynamics between heritage and religion: about dechurching, repurposing, quality of life and new forms of church. A programme with lectures, discussions, lunch and a walk to the cloister Westerhûs.

Location: Radboudkerk Jorwert
Time: 10:00-16:00
Fee for non-students: €15,-
Maximum participants: 40
Language: Dutch
Registration via the registration form

6 October - The future of heritage education: interactive and in dialogue

Let’s stop by the “School-Church” in Garmerwolde. On location you learn about the civic education and dialogue in a multicultural society. You discuss and investigate how themes like religious heritage and traditions are being lived, experienced, discussed and taught in this new educational place.

  • Inge Basteleur - Stichting Oude Groninger Kerken
  • Todd Weir - Rijksuniversiteit Groningen

Location: Schoolchurch Garmerwolde
Time: 12:00-15:30
Fee for non-students: €15,-
Maximum 15 participants
Language: Dutch
Registration via the registration form

24 November - Migrant churches and church buildings

Orthodox, Eastern-Catholics, migrant parishes and expat communities: more and more Dutch church buildings host religious communities with foreign roots, or have the opportunity to do so. This brings along other languages and cultures, other ways of celebrating and of community building.

Is your current line of work or study program related to this subject, and do you come across a knowledge gap? We kindly invite you to bring your question to our workshop! At the workshop we assess the demand for knowledge on the subject of ‘religious heritage and international diversity’ in order to develop purposeful follow-up activities. The main focus is on church interiors and on Christian communities.

Katholiek Documentatiecentrum (KDC) en Instituut voor Oosters Christendom (IvOC)
Contactpersoon: Anneloes van Kuijk, projectleider Internationale Diversiteit KDC

Fee for non-students: €15,-
Maximum participants:
Language: Dutch and English
Registration: j.vankuijk

17 December - Curating Religious Heritage: Perspectives on Mary Magdalene

In the spring of 2021 Museum Catharijneconvent will host a large exhibition on Mary Magdalene. In this special exhibition you can see the rich, paradoxal and continuous developing imaging of this mysterious Biblical figure. The workshop centres around the question how in the presentation of religious heritage themes like diversity and gender are treated.

  • Mathilde van Dijk - Rijksuniversiteit Groningen
  • Lieke Wijnia - Museum Catharijneconvent

Location: Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies
Time: 10.00-14.30
Fee for non-students: €15,-
Maximum 15 participants
Language: English and Dutch
Registration via the registration form

28 January - Fieldlab Religious objects in a museum context

Religious objects are often presented as estetic or cultural-historical subjects. Discover what the possibilities are to communicate and experience the religious and emotional meaning. In what way can visitors in museums experience the story, rituals and traditions behind the objects?

  • Paul Ariese and Hester Dibbits (Reinwardt Academy Heritage Lab)
  • Emile Schrijver, (Joods Cultureel Kwartier)
  • in collaboration with Hayo Wagenaar (IJsfontein)

Location: Reinwardt Academie en Joods Cultureel Kwartier
Fee for non-students: €15,-
Maximum participants 15
Language: Dutch
Registration: rwa-heritagelab

More information

If you have any question, you can contact Jacobine Gelderloos (j.k.gelderloos

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