On 4 and 5 February 2016 the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, will host a two-day international conference ‘Navies in Miniature’ about naval model collections and the research, conservation and presentation of historic ship models.
The overall theme on Thursday 4 February 2016 will be naval model collections from the different navies in both Europe and North America. These technical collections were created as an instrument in ship design and construction as well as for research and educational purposes. Keynote lectures will be presented by Professors John Mack (University of East Anglia) and Joost Schokkenbroek (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam/Het Scheepvaartmuseum). During the presentations speakers will focus on naval model collections in the Netherlands, Great Britain, Portugal, Scandinavia and the United States.
On Friday 5 February 2016 the focus will be on the research, conservation and presentation of historic ship models, including 3D laser scanning, computer modelling and new and innovative ways of museum presentations. Also the results of the first-ever survey into conservation practice of ship models in maritime museums worldwide will be presented and discussed. The keynote lecture will be presented by Dr Kevin Fewster (National Maritime Museum Greenwich).
You can find a draft programme (PDF document) on the conference website at www.rijksmuseum.nl/en/whats-on/symposiums/symposium-navies-in-miniature.
Registration is now open. Prices are 90 euros (students 60 euros) for two days, one-day tickets are available at 45 euros (students 30 euros). Tickets include free entry to the Rijksmuseum during the conference.