Forum for conservators, curators and researchers

The Dutch National Museum of Antiquities is delighted to host the Seventh Papyrus Curatorial and Conservation Meeting. The two-day symposium is open to museum professionals and scholars working with papyrus collections. It provides a unique forum for conservators, curators and researchers to meet and discuss the challenges they face around access, preservation and research of papyrus collections.

  • date: Thursday 6 and Friday 7 June 2024
  • time: 9:00 – 17:00
  • location: Leemanszaal, Rijksmuseum van Oudheden (location and travel directions)
  • costs: € 30

Register and pay

You can register and pay for this symposium via the museum’s ticket website.

Call for papers

We are now inviting proposals for individual papers of 20 minutes or short communications of 10 minutes on subjects related to:

  • Conservation and Preservation
  • Cataloguing
  • Digitisation and Access
  • Funding Opportunities
  • Ongoing and Completed Projects
  • Research

Submissions should include a title, summary (max. 200 words) and bio (max. 50 words). Please submit your proposals by a message to Eliza Jacobi by 1 February 2024. Successful submissions will be announced in March 2024 with a full program to follow.


In addition to the lecture series, the program includes behind-the-scenes access to the conservation studio and to highlights from the papyrus collections of the museum and the University of Leiden:

  • Visit the conservation studios of the museum
  • See highlights from the papyrus collection
  • Tours through the Egyptian and Nubian collections
  • Visit the papyrus collection of the University of Leiden

Preliminary program

Thursday 6 June 2024
09:30-10:00 Registration and welcome with coffee
10:00-12:00 lectures
12:00-13:00 lunch
13:00-14:30 tours/visits
14:30-15:00 break
15:00-17:00 lectures
18:00 dinner (self-pay)

Friday 7 June 2024
09:00-10:30 Lectures
10:30-11:00 break
11:00-12:30 lectures
12:30-13:30 lunch
13:30-15:00 lectures
15:00-15:30 break
15:30-17:00 tours/visit

The definite program will be published around March 2024.