Campus Heritage


Tuinzaal, Grand Café de Burcht, Leiden

Re-Scape Colloquium Campus Heritage

CLUE+ Research Institute for Culture, History and Heritage

Art, Culture and History

Conference / Symposium / Seminar

“Discover the World at Leiden University.” This is how Leiden University promotes itself. The city of Leiden uses the slogan: “Leiden: Key to Discovery.” The strong similarity between the two is of course no coincidence. Since the founding of the University in 1575, the city and the university have been closely interrelated. Exploration, discovery, studying languages, cultures, arts, the history and material remains of societies worldwide stands at the heart of the University ánd the city. Leiden University hosted a number a world-famous professors, like Cleveringa, Clusius, Einstein, Huizinga, Lipsius and Thorbecke. Their legacy can sometimes still be traced in the physical environment. Buildings and streets are named after them. Some of the Leiden professor’s collections shaped Leiden museums (Boerhaave, Sieboldhuis, Ethnology, Antiquities) and of course the Hortus Botanicus. With its iconic buildings as the Academy building and the Sterrewacht, the university can be found everywhere in the city of Leiden.

The Centre for Global Heritage and Development regards the region of South Holland as a ‘living lab’. It wants to put campus and academic heritage in Leiden, Delft and Rotterdam (LDE) on the agenda. There is also a current interest to it. In the inner city of Leiden and Delft Campus, some of the Faculty buildings are in need of replacement. Several activities are organized by the Centre to look for answers as how we can incorporate the history, atmosphere and legacies of the area, revive the ‘sense of place’, and in this way contributing to the long-standing academic tradition in new and recognizable ways.