Research institutes

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) historic, 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 Humanities and Sciences, and the Sociaal Historisch Centrum voor Limburg (SHCL) and the Stichting Restauratie Atelier Limburg (SRAL).




  • Hybrid histories

    Public defence by Tim van der Heijden

    Thursday, January 18, 2018

    Public defence by Tim van der Heijden: 'Hybrid Histories: Technologies of Memory and the Cultural Dynamics of Home Movies, 1895–2005' on 18 January 2018. 

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  • Art restauration

    Laboratories at Chemelot participate in art research

    Thursday, September 14, 2017
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  • IJHS

    Maisons Tropicales/Maisons Coloniales

    Wednesday, September 13, 2017

    Maisons Tropicales/Maisons Coloniales: contesting technologies of authenticity and value in Niamey, Brazzaville, Paris, New York and Venice - Article publication by Christoph Rausch in the International Journal of Heritage Studies

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  • Report of the successful MACCH Conference 2017 Participatory Practices in Arts and Heritage

    Monday, May 1, 2017

    On 17 and 18 March 2017, the MACCH annual conference ‘Participatory Practices in Arts and Heritage’ took place in Maastricht. The event was attended by an international group of researchers and professionals from a diverse set of backgrounds, including academics, policy makers, legal and museum professionals.

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  • Annual TEFAF Art Market Report by Rachel Pownall

    Thursday, March 9, 2017

    This year for the first time, the TEFAF Art Market Report has been prepared by Prof. dr. Rachel Pownall, member of the MACCH Steering Committee, who holds the TEFAF Chair in Art Markets at the School of Business Economics at Maastricht University. The report is written in partnership with the Maastricht Centre of Arts and Culture, Conservation and Heritage (MACCH) and is the only report to be able to use the aggregated artnet auction data. 

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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, historical, philosophical, 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
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        Today! Public defence by Tim van der Heijden, 16.00, Aula, Mindebroedersberg Maastricht. You are cordially invited to attend.
        Tim's research is entitled: 'Hybrid Histories: Technologies of Memory and the Cultural Dynamics of Home Movies, 1895–2005'. This research project analyses how throughout the twentieth century various generations have recorded their family memories on film, video and digital media. More specifically, it investigates how changes in these “technologies of memory” have shaped new forms of home movie making and screening.
        Maintaining both a diachronic and a synchronic perspective on media transitions, this dissertation proposes an alternative form of media historiography that rethinks media histories beyond the frameworks of change and continuity by perceiving hybridity as a constant factor in media historical development. The dissertation is carried out in the context of the research project “Changing Platforms of Ritualized Memory Practices: The Cultural Dynamics of Home Movies”, funded by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). For more information about this research project, see the weblog:

        Home movies project
        3 days 6 hours ago
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        2nd NACCA Winter School, Porto; read about the research projects of the PhD's involved.

        3 days 6 hours ago
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        Vacancy: Postdoctoral Researcher in Heritage Studies at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Maastricht University

        The deadline for applications is December 22, 2017

        1 month 3 weeks ago
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        MACCH partner, the Centre for the Social History of Limburg (SHCL), has a vacancy: Director / Extraordinary Chair in
        Comparative Regional History in particular of Limburg and Bordering Regions, Department of History, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Maastricht University, 1.00 fte

        6 months 1 week ago
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        The conference programme of Material Futures by NACCA / New Approaches in the Conservation of Contemporary Art is now online, have a look at:

        7 months 1 week ago
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        As part of New Approaches in the Conservation of Contemporary Art (NACCA), the TH Köln (University of Applied Sciences) offers a fulltime PhD research position time-limited to 31.07.2019 with an option for extension at Cologne Institute of Conservation Sciences (Germany) starting at the earliest possible date.

        The aim of this PhD project will be to compare recent methodologies and techniques in the field of conservation sciences, to explore the relationship between methods derived from the humanities and those derived from the natural sciences, and to define the roles of conservators and conservation scientists in establishing and approving authenticity of modern and contemporary art works.

        Application deadline: 14.07.2017 - Reference number: 0201EU/17

        PhD position - New Approaches in the Conservation of Contemporary Art (NACCA) - TH Köln
        7 months 2 weeks ago

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