Study Collections: A Challenging Context for Museums and Universities


On Thursday 29th September, University of Antwerp is holding a conference introducing its study collections project that has been on going since October 2014. The aim of this conference is to discuss the results obtained during the two-year study: used methods, findings and assessment of results.

For the project two study collections were used as a case study: (1) The study collection Chris D’Hondt is used since 1994 at the University of Antwerp during the practical courses of textile conservation. The diversity and variety in materials and patterns make this collection most interesting. The collection was donated by the Fashion Institute of Technology (F.I.T.) in New York in 1994. Since then it has been used by students textile conservation to practice the art of pattern taking and presentation, preservation and conservation techniques & (2) Jacoba De Jonge, who collected historical costumes and accessories throughout almost all of her life, gave the largest part of her collection to MoMu. After 50 years she was in possession of a large collection of mainly 18th and 19th century clothing and accessories for men, women and children. MoMu acquired a large part of this collection in 2012, to complete its own historical collection.

Soon, MoMu will start with a new project to bring part of the collection closer to its visitors. This will happen by introducing a study collection of fashion and textile items. This study collection consists of about 850 objects that can be consulted in the reading room of the library. A wide range of items will be at present to hopefully answer many of your questions concerning patterns, fabrics and techniques.

For more practical information, please check out the website!