Symposium: Exploring Collections of Educational History

BBF - Research Library for the History of Education at DIPF

28. - 30. June 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.


Wednesday, June 28, 2023

  • 08:30 Arrival and Registration
  • 09:20 Welcome and Organizational Matters
  • 09:30 Welcome: Sabine Reh (Director of the BBF - Research Library for the History of Education at DIPF, Berlin, Germany)
  • 09:45 Intro: Perspectives of the 1984-2019 School Museums Symposiums on Museum Collections of Educational History | Branko Šuštar, Maja Hakl Saje & Mateja Ribarič (Slovenian School Museum, Ljubljana, Slovenia)

TOPIC I: Collection Profiles and Collection Expansion

  • 10:00 Contemporary Collecting and Use of Collections on Digital Platforms in the Kindergarten Museum, Susanna Gillberg & Fredrika Visuri (Ebeneser Foundation and Kindergarten Museum, Helsinki, Finnland)
  • 10:30 Guiding the Gaze. The Research Center for Historical Visual Media at Wuerzburg University and the Future of Wall Chart Research, Katharina Uphoff (Wuerzburg University) & Michael Markert: (Thuringian University and State Library, Jena, Germany)
  • 11:00 Coffee and Refreshments
  • 11:30 The Relocation of the Museum as an Impulse for a Change of Perspective on the Creation of Collections, Martina Kočí (Museum of Education and Pedagogy, Bratislava, Slovakia)

TOPIC II: Research and Citizen Science I

  • 12:00 History of School Clothes – Presentation of the Textile Collection of the Slovenian School Museum Through Permanent and Occasional Exhibitions, Marjetka Balkovec Debevec & Maja Hakl Saje: (Slovenian School Museum, Ljubljana, Slovenia)
  • 12:30 Educational Film Practice in Austria – Showcasing a Digital Educational Film Collection, Marie-Noëlle Yazdanpanah, Christian Dewald & Katrin Pilz: (University of Vienna and the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Digital History, Vienna, Austria)
  • 13:00 Lunch
  • 14:00 Collections of Children’s Drawings from São Paulo, Chicago and Berlin, Ingrid Dittrich Wiggers (University of Brasilia, Brazil)
  • 14:30 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), Kira Stepanovych (Pedagogical Museum of Ukraine, Kiev, Ukraine)
  • 15:00 Defragmenting Cultural Heritage for Transnational Research, Kerstin Schwedes (Leibniz Institute for Educational Media - Georg
  • 15:30 Coffee and Refreshments
  • 16:00 Guided Tour of the BBF - Research Library for the History of Education
  • 18:00 Joint Dinner at own Expense

Thursday, June 29, 2023

  • Field Trip to Reckahn
  • 08:30 Bus Departure from Warschauer Straße
  • 10:00 Coffee and Refreshments at Rekahn

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

  • 10:30 Country School – Museum – Research Center. 250 Years of Model School in Reckahn, Ariane Brill & Silke Siebrecht-Grabig (Reckahner Museen und Rochow Kultur Ensemble Reckahn, Germany)
  • 11:00 Collecting Pedagogical Knowledge: Goals, Actors, and Collecting Practices of the German School Museum / German Teachers‘ Library in Berlin 1876-1914, Monika Mattes (BBF - Research Library for the History of Education at DIPF, Berlin, Germany)
  • 11:30 The Research and Documentation Centre of South Tyrol's Educational History (FDZ/CDR) – Plurality at the Border, Annemarie Augschöll Blasbichler & Sarah Zannini (Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Italy)
  • 12:00 Lunch
  • 13:00 Guided Tours of School Museum & Permanent Exhibition in two Groups
  • 14:30 Coffee and Time to Explore
  • 15:30 Bus Departure for Berlin
  • 18:00 Joint Dinner at own Expense

Friday, June 30, 2023

  • 08:50 Welcome and Organizational Matters

TOPIC IV: Presenting Collections and (Digital) Visibility

  • 09:00 Unsettling History: From Digitization to Public Dialogue following the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in Canada, Pia Russel & Graham P. McDonough (University of Victoria, Canada)
  • 09:30 Introducing the Digital Museum of Learning: Insights, Challenges, and Future Perspectives, Christina Thurman-Wild (Digital Museum of Learning (Jacobs Foundation, Zurich, Switzerland)

TOPIC V: Research and Citizen Science II

  • 10:00 Collections of Educational History – Who Collected Where, What and Under Which (Disciplinary) Label Christiana Bers (University of Göttingen, Germany)
  • 10:30 Coffee and Refreshments
  • 11:00 Objects and Their Discourses: The Potentials of Objects for Children’s Historical Learning Processes in School Collections, Konstantin Keidel & Bernd Wagner, Klaus-Christian Zehbe (Leipzig University, Germany)
  • 11:30 In the context of Education Museums – History of Education in Turkey & Turkey in the World History of Education, Seyma Aksoy (Yıldız Technical University, Istanbul, Turkey & Guest Scientist, Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Germany)
  • 12:00 Unveiling the Expansion of João de Deus Museum’s Book Collection, Elsa Rodrigues (João de Deus Museum, Lisbon, Portugal)
  • 12:30 Lunch
  • 13:30 History of Education on Postcards – An Unsuspected Source, Christian van Houwelingen, Janneke Pierhagen & Jacques Dane (Nationaal Onderwijsmuseum, Dordrecht, Netherlands)
  • 14:00 Josef Albers and the Westfälische Schulmuseum, Jeffrey Saletnik (Indiana University Bloomington, USA)
  • 14:30 Teaching Catalogs and Collections: A Way of Giving Objects a Voice. Reflection on the Intrahistory of Objects, Their Origins and Uses Beyond Their Description, José Martínez Ruiz-Funes (Universidad de Murcia, Spain), José Pedro Marín Murcia (Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain) & Francesca Davida Pizzigon (Instituto Nazionale di Documentazione, Innovazione e Ricerca Educativa (INDIRE), Florence, Italy)
  • 15:30 Coffee and Refreshments
  • 16:00 Farewells



The participation fee is 210 €. Payment is only possible by bank transfer. Included are the meals during the conference (except dinners) as well as the excursion to Reckahn. The number of participants is limited.
Participation is only possible after confirmation of the registration by the organizers and full payment of the participation fee.


Dr. Stefanie Kollmann
BBF, Research Library for the History of Education at DIPF
Warschauer Str. 34-38
10243 Berlin
E-Mail: smceh19(at)dipf.de

Veröffentlicht am 28.03.2023