Exploring Collections of Educational History

Berlin, June 28-30, 2023

At the 19th International Symposium on School Museums and Collections of Educational History (SMCEH19) with the topic »Exploring Collections on Educational History«, collections will be presented in their diverse materiality and history, untapped potential for interdisciplinary historical research will be highlighted, and collection-specific research and its results will be addressed.

With the emergence of the modern school system in the 19th century, educational collections were founded in numerous countries. Initially, their purpose as teachers' libraries, school museums, and collections of teaching materials was to provide practical support to educators and to contribute to the professionalization of teaching and schools. Steadily growing collections, which then were orientated to the needs of the time, have since differentiated into various branches of memory institutions. Many of today’s educational history museums, libraries, and archives in public ownership originate in associational or private initiatives.

The process of differentiation of the collections was due to practical requirements and probably also owed to the respective national and political as well as institutional framework conditions. This often led to a fragmentation of collections. Technical developments and digitization now allow a variety of possibilities to make the educational-historical traditions more visible, to understand their supra-regional and transnational relations, to reconstruct collections virtually and to make them accessible for research and education. 


Sabine Reh Welcome

Branko Šuštar, Maja Hakl Saje & Mateja Ribarič Intro: Perspectives of the 1984-2019 School Museums Symposiums on Museum Collections of Educational History

TOPIC I: Collection Profiles and Collection Expansion

  • Susanna Gillberg & Fredrika Visuri Contemporary Collecting and Use of Collections on Digital Platforms in the Kindergarten Museum
  • Katharina Uphoff  & Michael Markert Guiding the Gaze. The Research Center for Historical Visual Media at Wuerzburg University and the Future of Wall Chart Research
  • Martina Kočí The Relocation of the Museum as an Impulse for a Change of Perspective on the Creation of Collections

TOPIC II: Research and Citizen Science I

  • Marjetka Balkovec Debevec & Maja Hakl Saje History of School Clothes – Presentation of the Textile Collection of the Slovenian School Museum Through Permanent and Occasional Exhibitions
  • Marie-Noëlle Yazdanpanah, Christian Dewald & Katrin Pilz Educational Film Practice in Austria – Showcasing a Digital Educational Film Collection
  • Ingrid Dittrich Wiggers Collections of Children’s Drawings from São Paulo, Chicago and Berlin
  • Keira Stepanovych Expanding Access to the Collection of the Pedagogical Museum of Ukraine Through Virtual Projects (on the Example of the "Accessible Funds of the Pedagogical Museum" Project)
  • Kerstin Schwedes Defragmenting Cultural Heritage for Transnational Research

TOPIC III: Regional and National Tradition in the History of Education

  • Ariane Brill & Silke Siebrecht-Grabig Country School – Museum – Research Center. 250 Years of Model School in Reckahn
  • Monika Mattes Collecting Pedagogical Knowledge: Goals, Actors, and Collecting Practices of the German School Museum / German Teachers‘ Library in Berlin 1876-1914
  • Annemarie Augschöll Blasbichler & Sarah Zannini The Research and Documentation Centre of South Tyrol's Educational History (FDZ/CDR) – Plurality at the Border
  • Stefanie Kollmann & Lars Müller Introduction of INEHC - International Network of Educational History Collections

TOPIC IV: Presenting Collections and (Digital) Visibility

  • Pia Russel & Graham P. McDonough Unsettling History: From Digitization to Public Dialogue following the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in Canada
  • Christina Thurman-Wild Introducing the Digital Museum of Learning: Insights, Challenges, and Future Perspectives

TOPIC V: Research and Citizen Science II

  • Christiana Bers Collections of Educational History – Who Collected Where, What and Under Which (Disciplinary) Label
  • Konstantin Keidel & Bernd Wagner, Klaus-Christian Zehbe Objects and Their Discourses: The Potentials of Objects for Children’s Historical Learning Processes in School Collections
  • Seyma Aksoy In the context of Education Museums – History of Education in Turkey & Turkey in the World History of Education
  • Elsa Rodrigues Unveiling the Expansion of João de Deus Museum’s Book Collection
  • Christian van Houwelingen, Janneke Pierhagen & Jacques Dane History of Education on Postcards – An Unsuspected Source
  • Jeffrey Saletnik Josef Albers and the Westfälische Schulmuseum
  • José Martínez Ruiz-Funes, José Pedro Marín Murcia & Francesca Davida Pizzigoni Teaching Catalogs and Collections: A Way of Giving Objects a Voice. Reflection on the Intrahistory of Objects, Their Origins and Uses Beyond Their Description

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