Challenges for the school museums and history of education in a time of globalization and digitization

The 18th symposium for school museums and history of education collections

About the symposium

We are pleased to invite interested scholars and other interested parties working with school museums, collections and educational history to participate in the 18th symposium for school museums and history of education collections.

The purpose of the 18. symposium is to focus on the challenges in preserving, communicating and working with school museums, educational collections and educational history in a global and digital era. How do we best preserve digitized material? How can we use existing digital platforms to boost our collections? Why and how do we share our digitized collections with the world. How can we use digital aspects in physical exhibitions? Which stories do we tell in an age of globalization? Moreover, what are the digital possibilities when researching? These are some of the challenges we would like to address.

The symposium will take place at the Royal Danish Library’s location in Emdrup, Copenhagen, at the Danish School of Education (DPU) and Aarhus University Library, from 3-5 July, 2019.

The conference is closed for online registration.


Lecturer and Ph. D. in German school didactics at the University of Leipzig in Germany, Sebastian Schmideler. He is a researcher in children’s literature.

Senior advisor and curator at SMK - National Gallery of Denmark, Merete Sanderhoff. She works with digitized cultural heritage, and how to share it with the world.

Senior researcher, Ph. D. and conservator at The Royal Danish Library, Ulla Bøgvad Kejser. She works with the digitization and preservation of documentary heritage.

Ph.D. fellow and lecturer in HCI (Human-computer-interaction) topics related to personal mobile devices and game design at Aalborg University in Denmark, Rameshnath Krishnasamy. He is a researcher in digital experiences for exhibitions.

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Danish School History is a cooperation between the Danish School of Education (DPU), Aarhus University Library, Emdrup and the Royal Danish Library.


Wednesday July 3rd - Research & exhibitions, room D174

  • 9:00 Arrival and registration, building D, room D170
  • 9:30 Welcome: Claus Holm, Head of the Danish School of Education (DPU)
  • 9:35 Welcome: Professor Ning de Coninck-Smith, DPU

Theme I: Research on the history of education and didactics 

  • 9:55 Reconstructing long lost class rooms: evidence from scattered and threatened Swedish school museums, Johannes Westberg, Professor of education, Örebro University, Sweden
  • 10:20 The role of museums in the creation of pedagogically conveyed images of history - The sculpture of a Franconian warrior and its depiction in Dutch teaching material for history lessons. Liane Strauss, PhD-student at the University of Freiburg in Breisgau, Germany
  • 10:45  Break with refreshments, room D170
  • 11:00 Keynote I: Rameshnath Krishnasamy, PhD fellow at Aalborg University, Denmark. Exhibition Exploration Systems: Using Game-Guided Facilitation to Enable Exploratory Behavior
  • 12:00 Lunch at DPU

Theme II: Collections 

  • 12:45 The Catalogue ‘Ukrainian Book of 1917-1921 in the Funds of the Pedagogical Museum of Ukraine’ as an Example of Research and Popularization of the Museum Funds in the Digital Age. Oleksandr Mikhno, PhD & Director of the Pedagogical Museum of Ukraine & Kira Stepanovych.
  • 13:10 Keeping it together - Educational heritage from technical academia. Laila Zwisler, History of Technology Division, Technical University of Denmark
  • 13:35 Digitalization of school collections of museum of education and pedagogy. Martina Koci, Museum of education and pedagogy, Bratislava, Slovakia

Theme III: Exhibitions    

  • 14:05 “Site-specific interpretation" A digital upgrading of an analog exhibition. Bente Clausen, Head of museum, Marita Hesjedal, Museum educator/Drama teacher, Oslo School museum, Norway.
  • 14:30 Riga School Museum on the way of modern technologies. Jāzeps Imants Vikšers, director of Riga School Museum, Latvia.
  • 14:55 Break with refreshments, room D170
  • 15:15 Short novel from behind of Century – high impact story. Janek Varblas, Development and Project Manager, Palamuse Museum, Estonia
  • 15:40 Keynote II: Dr Sebastian Schmideler, lecturer and PhD in German school didactics at Leipzig University, Germany. Instructive Entertainment - Aspects of visual Knowledge-Transfer in 19th century Germany in illustrated Children's Literature and School-Books between Educational Function and Aesthetic Autonomy, Germany
  • 16:40 Guided tour of DPU and the wallchart collection
  • 18:00 Conference dinner at DPU

Thursday July 4th - Excursion

  • 9:00 Bus departs from DPU - main entrance, Tuborgvej 164, coffee on board
  • 9:10 Anne Katrine Gjerløff, PhD and historian. Care, Conflicts, Curriculums and Canes – perspectives on 200 years of Danish School history
  • 10:15 Guided tour of Flakkebjerg School Museum
  • 11:45 Bus departs from Flakkebjerg
  • 11:55 Anne Katrine Gjerløff, PhD and historian – Care, Conflicts, Curriculums and Canes, part II
  • 12:30 Lunch at Holmegaard Værk
  • 13:10 Guided tour of Holmegaard Værk and time to explore the museum
  • 15:00 Departure towards Køge, refreshments on board
  • 16:00 Guided tour of the excavations of the Viking Castle near Køge
  • 17:15 Departure from the Viking Castle
  • 18:15 Arrival DPU – dinner at own expense 

Friday July 5th - Preservation, availability and communication, room D174

  • 9:15 Arrival and refreshments, room D170
  • 9:30 Keynote III: Ulla Bøgvad Kejser, PhD and conservator at the Royal Danish Library.  Digitisation of cultural heritage and preservation.

Theme IV: Technical challenges 

  • 10:35 Slovenian School Museum and digitized sources for the history of education in Slovenia: Archival and printed sources available at Sistory and dLIB. dr. Branko Šuštar, Slovenian School Museum, Slovenia.
  • 11:00 ‘Pacemakers Report’– The Unique Collection of ‘Pädagogische Lesungen’ [pedagogical lectures] in the Research Library for the History of Education (BBF) in Berlin. Maria-Annabel Hanke, Academic Librarian at the Research Library for the History of Education, DIPF, Josefine Wähler, Research Assistant at the Research Unit of the BBF. DIPF, Leibniz-Institut für Bildungsforschung und Bildungsinformation, Germany.
  • 11:30 Lunch at DPU
  • 12:10 Keynote IV: Merete Sanderhoff, PhD, senior advisor and curator at the National Gallery of Denmark. Open Digital Cultural Heritage.

Theme V: Communication 

  • 13:15 Virtually bridging the gaps between texts, images and objects in the history of education. Dr. Stefanie Kollmann, Pictura Paedagogica Online, BBF & Lars Müller, digital librarian, Research Library for the History of Education at DIPF, Germany.
  • 13:40 School life in space and time: A digital scenario of the Greek Language. Maria Drakaki, Department of Cultural Communication and Technology -University of Aegean, Greece.
  • 14:05 Break with refreshments, room D170
  • 14:15 Challenges facing school museums in a time of globalization and digitization, the case of the museum of education at the University of Crete, Greece. Associate Professor Kostas. G. Karras, Professor Pella Calogiannakis & Assistant Professor Theodoros Eleftherakis, Museum of education, University of Crete, Greece.
  • 14:40 Digital Collection catalog: a tool co-built, in a service of both museum professionals and publics. The case of the national museum of Education. Isabelle Arnoux, Chief of Documentation and Communication Department in the national museum of Education, France.
  • 15:05 Being Global: active representation of (global) citizenship in collection and education, Stefan van Belzen, MA and Janneke Pierhagen, MA. National Museum of Education, The Netherlands.
  • 15:30 Concluding remarks, refreshments, thank you and goodbye, room D170