Student hubs

'Student hubs' connect Master and advanced BA students from Leiden, Delft and Erasmus to heritage questions and needs from societal partners.  These questions and issues are translated into concrete topics and short term internship positions coupled with a tailored supervision from both your organization and our academic network. For students this is a way to get experience, to build their cv and network and maybe to find a topic for their thesis.  For organizations this is a way to have a fresh look at things for low costs; our students are ambitious, intelligent and think out-of-the-box.  

Students workingWhat is the impact of your business on the cultural environment? Can we restore monuments using sustainable methods and materials? How does heritage impact the location factors of your city? How to get the local population to participate in your cultural project? What technologies work best to locate heritage in remote or inaccessible areas?

Current student hubs:

Zuiderwaterlinie (Southern Water Defence Line)

The Southern Water Defence Line is a series of fortresses, fortified cities and inundation fields in the province of Noord- Brabant, created to defend our country in the past. The main goal of this student workshop is to come up with  new ideas how to make the history of the military line  a driving theme for large scale new spatial interventions which are needed.

Hugo Grotius ship

The Hugo Grotius foundation would like students to investigate how their historic vessel can be maintained in a sustainable manner, using the right techniques and materials and at the same time can be best exploited for education and recreational purposes. 

The Hugo Grotius is a clipper from 1883 that is currently being restored in Arnhem on the shores of the Rhine. The ship is part of the Netherlands’ rich maritime history and heritage and transported cargo along the rivers of the Netherlands, Germany and Belgium until 1997. Over the years many skippers and their families lived on the ship, constantly adapting it to their needs. The ship will be restored as a sailing clipper and its authenticity serves as an inspiration to think about craftsmanship, the preservation of knowledge, and innovative sustainability. In the future it will be used for cultural events and by educational institutions to educate young people and students.

The Hugo Grotius Foundation is looking for advanced students with a keen interest in preserving maritime heritage. Some examples of topics that university students could work on for their thesis or internship:

  • Researching the possibilities and opportunities for heritage participation by volunteers and local people.
  • Developing the concept of storytelling for the Hugo Grotius to help in its preservation and the dissemination of its history and the times in which the ship was in usage.
  • Assessing the (potential) impact of the Hugo Grotius project in creating social added value for its stakeholders such as the province of Gelderland, the municipality of Arnhem, groups of people using the ship.
  • Researching the possibilities to keep a ship like the Hugo Grotius in service financially, what kind of (inter)national subsidies exist for moveable heritage.
  • Researching the history of the clipper Hugo Grotius. Even though a lot is already known about the ship, there is still a need to gather old photos, information on the lives of the skippers, the different adaptations the ship has gone through etc. to make a biography of the ship at a later stage. For this the student would have to do interviews and visit archives.
  • Sustainable and inclusive exploitation. Once the ship is restored and sailing, how can you make sure that its usage and upkeep does not burden the environment? How can sustainable propulsion be implemented?

Call for students

If you are a Master student from Leiden University, Delft University of Technology or Erasmus University Rotterdam, you are interested in heritage topics and you are looking for an internship position, either as part of your curriculum or just out of interest, please contact Rients de Boer for options. 

Call for organizations

If you are a (small) business, government organization, foundation or NGO and you have a heritage question, be it small or little, please contact our Education Officer Rients de Boer to find out the options to have students work on your case.