About the people

Meet the Students

This digital collection was brought to life by 44 students as part of the Media Studies: Digital Cultures Master’s programme. During the courses Digital Collections I and II the students were taught to create 3D artefacts and curate them in a virtual space using the Structure from Motion approach using skills and competences such as photogrammetry, project management, content development and web design. 

Students started the assignment by selecting one object to digitize allowing them to explore these artefacts as 3D models on this site according to various sub-themes. Every piece also has a complementing blog article that contextualizes the object within the Maastricht Collection. To make the website come alive the students grouped up in theme teams in order to explore their bigger roles in history. If you want to know more about the process of creating 3D models, visit the Digitizing the Objects page. To learn more about the group work visit the Project Management page!

Read below about what some students had to say about their involvement with the project.

Meet the Teams

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Homepage and Collection Team
About Us Team
Web Design Team
Project Management Team
Daily Life and Death Theme Team
Economics and Wealth Theme Team
Power and Politics Theme Team
Religion and Beliefs Theme Team
Children's Corner Team
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Dr. Costas Papadopoulos

Maastricht University, FASoS

Costas Papadopoulos is an Assistant Professor in Digital Humanities and Culture Studies at Maastricht University. His work has its roots in archaeology, digital humanities, and museum and heritage studies, exploring three-dimensional modelling and representation at the intersections of the physical and the digital. His research explores the sensorial experience and perception of heritage; engages with debates on the role of open educational resources; explores ways to build epistemological frameworks for atypical research outputs; and, integrates Arts into STE(A)M learning via socially-engaged research. He is PI of PURE3D which is developing an Infrastructure for the Publication and Preservation of 3D Scholarship.

Professor Susan Schreibman

Maastricht University, FASoS

Susan Schreibman is Professor of Digital Arts and Culture at Maastricht University. She is the co-coordinator of the Digital Collections course. She works at the intersections of computationally-based teaching and research in the interplay of the digital archive, cultural innovation, and participatory engagement design, processes and projects. A focus of her research is in the design, critical, and interpretative analysis of systems that remediate publication modalities and manuscript culture from the analogue world, while developing new born-digital paradigms. Her areas of specialization include Digital Humanities, Media Studies, Literary Modernism, and Irish Cultural Studies.

Anna Villarica

Maastricht University, FASoS

Anna is a recent graduate of the MA Media Studies: Digital Cultures program at Maastricht University (2021) and is currently a junior lecturer at the university. She teaches courses on design thinking, critical making, digital transformations, research skills, and museology. Her graduating class created their own digital collection, the Virtual Time Capsule, and she assisted the current MA students in the creation of this collection.

Sjoerd Aarts

Centre Céramique Maastricht

Sjoerd Aarts is a FASoS alumni, graduating in 2008 with a BA in Arts and Culture and in 2009 achieved a Master’s in Cultural Sciences. His main interests are history and archaeology and presenting this heritage to the public through methods like photography, publications and exhibitions. He also has completed archaeological fieldwork, worked in cultural heritage institutions and has created exhibitions.

Astrid Smeets

Centre Céramique Maastricht

Astrid Smeets is the head curator at Centre Céramique and the Natrural History Museum in Maastricht. Born in Maastricht, she studied Art & Architecture, History, and Archealogy at the University in Groningen and specialized at the conservation institute Stichting Restauratie Atelier Limburg (SRAL) in the conservation and restoration of paintings and sculptures. In the Maastricht Museum the hidden stories and treasures of the city will be shown to the public, based on research and in collaboration with everyone living, working or visiting the city of Maastricht. As a head curator she will aim to present the cultural heritage collections as best as possible to a wide audience in collaboration with institutes within the city.

Eric Wetzels

Centre Céramique Maastricht

Eric Wetzels was born in Maastricht in 1968. He studied classical Archaeology in Amsterdam and worked as an archaeologist in Greece, France, Germany and the Netherlands. He has been the municipal archaeologist in Maastricht since 2000. He was also director of Centre Céramique, Kumulus and Natuurhistorisch Museum Maastricht from 2006 until 2016.