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Maastricht Centre for Arts and Culture, Conservation and Heritage

The Maastricht Centre for Arts and Culture, Conservation and Heritage (MACCH) is an interdisciplinary research centre that brings together economic, legal, (art) historical, philosophical, sociological and practical expertise to the context of arts and heritage. In response to the demands of the increasingly complex challenges facing the fields of arts and heritage today, MACCH initiates collaborative research projects with researchers, professionals, and students from diverse backgrounds. MACCH is a joint effort of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, the Faculty of Law, the School of Business and Economics, the Faculty of Science and Engineering (formerly Faculty of Humanities and Sciences), and the Sociaal Historisch Centrum voor Limburg (SHCL) and the Stichting Restauratie Atelier Limburg (SRAL).



  • LIMES vacancies: Mining at the border: the transnational space of the Domaniale Mijn in the 19th and 20th century

    Monday, February 10, 2020

    In cooperation with the Centre for the Social History of Limburg (SHCL) and the Centre for the Regional History of Limburg (RHCL), the Department of History in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences offers a PhD position in transnational mining history, under supervision of Nico Randeraad (member of the MACCH steering committee).

    The deadline for submitting your application is 8 March 2020.

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  • Ignite

    IGNITE Conference: Design Thinking & Maker Culture - Sticky Learning for the 21st Century

    Tuesday, December 3, 2019

    The IGNITE project is delighted to announce a conference (25-26 March 2020) and workshop (24 March 2020) in Vienna, Austria around the twin concepts of design thinking and maker culture in teaching and learning.

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  • Introducing MACCH affiliated researcher: Eslam Nofal

    Wednesday, October 16, 2019
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  • Call for Projects, Workshops and Papers: Fail Better: Sharing Challenges and Learning in Classical Music Innovation.

    Tuesday, October 15, 2019

    Registration closed.

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  • Dr. Christoph Rausch

    Two Visiting Research Fellowships for Dr. Christoph Rausch

    Wednesday, September 4, 2019

    MACCH steering committee member Dr. Christoph Rausch will embark on two visiting research fellowships.

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  • Call for Papers: Imagining the Future of Digital Archives and Collections

    Wednesday, May 15, 2019

    Call for Papers: Imagining the Future of Digital Archives and Collections, Stedelijk Studies #10

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  • Nacca conference 2019

    Report on NACCA/MACCH symposium 2019

    Thursday, May 2, 2019

    The concluding NACCA conference was a joint event in collaboration with The Maastricht Centre for Arts and Culture, Conservation and Heritage (MACCH) and the Bonnefantenmuseum, Maastricht. It took place in the inspiring setting of the Jan van Eyck Academie.

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  • Lecture Series Berlin

    Christoph Rausch presents paper in Berlin

    Monday, April 8, 2019

    Christoph Rausch will present his paper "Better than Gold? Art in Storage Spaces of the 21st Century" in the lecture series of the Institute of Art History and Historical Urban Studies at TU Berlin.

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  • Ernst Homburg

    Farewell speech MACCH affiliated researcher Prof. Ernst Homburg

    Monday, April 8, 2019

    On Friday 26 April Ernst Homburg will hold his valedictory lecture entitled: “Verhalen van de Oude Berg: wetenschap, techniek, industrie en politiek in de Euregio”.

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  • Restauratoren logo

    Review "Verband der Restauratoren"

    Sunday, April 7, 2019

    The MACCH/NACCA conference was reviewed by the German Verband der Restauratoren: "Bridging the Gap – Forschungsprojekte als Brücke zur interdisziplinären Zusammenarbeit?"

    >> Read the article (German only)

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MACCH addresses the need for an interdisciplinary approach to the academic nexus of the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. We strive to make this expertise available in the EUregion and in a larger international context through publications and by organising workshops, events, and conferences, such as the annual MACCH conference during The European Fine Art Fair (TEFAF). MACCH's collaborative research projects:

  1. examine the processes that turn cultural objects and practices into heritage
  2. critically assess how and for whom its values come about
  3. enhance novel ways of user engagement and participatory presentations
  4. investigate legal, economical and policy frameworks

Research lines

  • Arts & Heritage in the Making
  • Valorising Arts & Heritage
  • Participation & Presentation
  • Art Market, Law & Policy


Teaching in the areas of art, culture, conservation, and heritage is important to several faculties at Maastricht University, and interfaculty cooperation takes place in various forms and levels (bachelor’s, master’s and PhD). An example is the successful joint Minor “Art, Law and Policy Making” between the faculties of Arts & Social Sciences and Law. Another example is the course and skills training ‘Science and the Visual Arts: Conservation and its Histories’, a collaboration between the Maastricht Science Programme, the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, and Stichting Restauratie Atelier Limburg. At the regional level MACCH collaborates with Hogeschool Zuyd and the Hubert van Eyck Academy. Our international network of partners includes the University of Amsterdam, Sotheby’s Institute of Art, KU Leuven, the University of Hasselt, and Maastricht University Campus Brussels.

Research valorisation & services

MACCH conducts research consultancy, contract research and other service activities directed towards the larger society and in collaboration with private and public partners. MACCH’s combination of legal, (art) historical, philosophical, sociological, economic, and practical expertise makes it an ideal partner for tackling the increasingly complex challenges facing arts and heritage today.

For more information, contact Dr. Joop de Jong

Research areas wherein we can offer services include:

  • cultural policy evaluation
  • cultural education
  • project monitoring
  • intellectual property law
  • art market research
  • re-use of industrial heritage
  • public participation
  • conservation and documentation of art


MACCH Newsletters

Jan van Eyk Akademie - entrance
Read the previous newsletters:
 February 2020
 July 2019
 June 2018
 January 2018

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Maastricht Centre for Arts and Culture, Conservation and Heritage (MACCH)