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Dr. Hélène Verreyke



Biographical Note

My name is Hélène Verreyke (1979) and I am part of the Community Museums Past and Present project of the Erasmus University Rotterdam. I studied Art History and Archaeology at Ghent University (Belgium) (1997-2001). In 2002 I started as a researcher at the same university on the project Potenza Valley Survey. From Acculturation to Social Complexity in Antiquity: A Regional Geo-Archaeological and Historical Approach, which was the start of many years roaming the Italian Peninsula. From 2003 until 2007 I worked on my PhD Late Roman Pottery in the Potenza Valley. A framework for the study of towns, rural settlements and exchange in central Adriatic Italy. After one year (2008) at FARO. Flemish interface centre for cultural heritage I started as a post-doc researcher at the Erasmus University Rotterdam.

Short presentation of the Community Museums Past and Present project

Today there is a high demand that museums be more actively involved with their community. Heritage museums in the Netherlands and Belgium –like everywhere in the western world- are struggling to redefine their position within society, rethinking their basic functions like collecting, preserving, re-inventing traditional collections and finding new ways to reach out to their communities. In this research I want to analyse how the concept of community was introduced in the museum sector in the Netherlands and Belgium on the one hand and on the other hand, look at the impact the concept of community has had on the history museum, what actions are undertaken by the museum sector to reach out to communities and on which levels they are participating in museum activity.

Members of the Community Museums Past and Present project: prof. dr. Marlite Halbertsma, prof. dr. Paul Van De Laar and drs. Dorus Hoebink.

Link: Community Museums Past & Present