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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).



  • ClaartjeRasterhoff

    Claartje Rasterhoff New Director MACCH

    Wednesday, September 21, 2022

    As of September 1st, Vivian van Saaze stepped down from her role as director of the interfaculty and transdisciplinary Maastricht Centre for Arts and Culture, Conservation and Heritage (MACCH). She is succeeded by Claartje Rasterhoff.

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    Lunch Concerts at FASoS

    Tuesday, September 20, 2022

    During the academic year 2022-2023 you can enjoy short concerts of classical music once per month in the lecture hall "Turnzaal" at FASoS, sponsored by MACCH.

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    SRAL 35 Symposium: Restoration - Implementation and Research.

    Wednesday, September 7, 2022

    MACCH partner, Stichting Restauratie Atelier Limburg (SRAL) is celebrating its 35th anniversary on September 30, 2022 with the symposium Restoration: implementation and research.

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    Participatory Practices in Art and Cultural Heritage: Learning Through and from Collaboration

    Wednesday, August 31, 2022

    In the Springer Book Series 'Studies in Art, Heritage, Law and the Market', MACCH affiliated researchers Christoph Rausch, Emilie Sitzia and Vivian van Saaze together with Ruth Benschop, published the book 'Participatory Practices in Art and Cultural Heritage: Learning Through and from Collaboration'. 

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    Vacancy: MERIAN PhD candidate in Maastricht style Artistic Research

    Monday, August 29, 2022

    The Maastricht Experimental Research In and through the Arts Network (MERIAN) invites artists and academics to engage in collaborative research in between making and thinking.

    Application deadline is 1 October 2022.

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  • Hildegard Schneider

    Tansmedal for Hildegard Schneider

    Monday, June 13, 2022

    Hildegard Schneider, Professor emeritus of International and European Law receives the prestigious Tansmedal during her farewell lecture.

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    Introducing guest researcher Paul P. Stewens

    Tuesday, May 17, 2022

    Paul P. Stewens is a guest researcher at the Faculty of Law's Department of Criminal Law and Criminology (until 4th of July 2022), working with MACCH affiliated researcher Donna Yates among others.

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    Bart Zwegers publishes book about UNESCO World Heritage

    Monday, April 11, 2022

    In the Springer Book Series 'Studies in Art, Heritage, Law and the Market', MACCH affiliated researcher Bart Zwegers has published the book Cultural Heritage in Transition: A Multi-Level Perspective on World Heritage in Germany and the United Kingdom, 1970-2020, which introduces the multilevel perspective to analyse how local, national, and international actors and institutions in the heritage field interact.

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  • MareikeOpena

    Introducing new PhD candidate: Mareike Opeña

    Tuesday, March 15, 2022

    Mareike Opeña has joined MACCH as an external PhD candidate with a project focusing on decision-making processes in conservation for the contemporary art market. Her research is predominantly located in New York City, where she has lived and worked in private practice conservation for the past decade.

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  • Eliza Steinbock

    Eliza Steinbock wins NWO grant

    Monday, March 7, 2022

    Together with The Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision, Eliza Steinbock has won an NWO ‘Museum Grant’, which facilitates scientific research in the museum sector and is awarded to museum employees who carry out research related to the collection.

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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 (Arts and Heritage in the Making); 
  2. critically assess how and for whom its values come about (Valorising Arts and Heritage);
  3. enhance novel ways of user engagement and participatory presentations (Participation and Presentation);
  4. investigate legal, economical and policy frameworks (Art Market, Law and Policy);
  5. bring together methodologies and practices from the arts and sciences in between making and thinking (Artistic Research).

Commissioned Research

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


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.

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