Universiteit Leiden

A collection to cherish Academic Historical Museum

Academic Historical Museum

Contribution: Corrie van Maris (Staff Member Special Collections)

The Academic Historical Museum was founded in 1931 and aimed to make the history of the university visible in the Academy Building. A photo from that era reveals a nearly empty cabinet in the museum's initial workspace, captured by Mrs. Octavie Idenburg-Siegenbeek van Heukelom, the museum's inaugural curator. Today, that same cabinet, now housed in my office, has become completely filled. The collection in the Academy Building is now sprawling. I believe our Octavie would be gleefully observing the museum's evolution. Soon, the fascinating collection of the Academic Historical Museum will move from the Academy Building to the University Library. A collection to cherish.

Elzevier printing press

 

My own family Elzevier printing press

 

My window to freedom Praesidium Libertatis

Hortus botanicus

 

From young visitor to prefect Hortus botanicus

My first aha moment

 

Reading your sources My first aha moment

 

Memorable encounters The FooBar

Hopping rabbits

 

View from the campus Hopping rabbits

Niels Stensen

 

Leiden’s first geology star Niels Stensen

Queen Beatrix’s honorary degree

 

Éducation permanente Queen Beatrix’s honorary degree

At the heart of the city

 

At the heart of the city

The true sensation of Leiden

 

Intangible but ever-present The true sensation of Leiden

Guided tour of the Academy Building

 

A real-life fairy tale Guided tour of the Academy Building

 

From sub-faculty... to city hall

Canal Watch (De grachtwacht)

 

Canal Watch (De grachtwacht)

The cortège

 

In academic gown The cortège

A new  Cleveringa

 

A new Cleveringa

Development opportunities

 

Job hopper Development opportunities

Camaraderie

 

Thriving community Camaraderie

City criminologist

 

City criminologist

The Cleveringa meetings

 

The Cleveringa meetings

Knowledge centre

 

Children and anxiety Knowledge centre

 

That ‘my’ Leiden University feeling

Lipsius

 

Unlovely but loved Lipsius

Academic ceremonies

 

Party! Academic ceremonies

Christiaan Huygens

 

ChatGPT Christiaan Huygens