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Curator Medieval Collections

Dr. Annemarieke Willemsen
tel: +31 (0)71 516 3168
e-mail: a.willemsen@rmo.nl

Educational background and special fields of interest

Annemarieke Willemsen (b. 1969) studied Art History & Archaeology at Radboud University, Nijmegen, where she was awarded her PhD in 1998 for a thesis on late medieval children’s toys. From 1993 onwards, she participated in various exhibition projects at institutions including Museum Boijmans van Beuningen in Rotterdam. Since 1999 she has worked at the Dutch National Museum of Antiquities as curator of the Medieval Department, with responsibility for all finds on Dutch soil dating from the post-Roman era. Her interest focuses particularly on material culture (including studying it as a phenomenon) and everyday life in the Middle Ages, with an emphasis on children, play, education, and fashion.

An ‘omnivorous’ researcher

Willemsen’s trademark is her emphasis on combining sources – objects, images and texts – and highlighting the connections between them. In terms of subject matter, she is ‘omnivorous’. She is a Late Middle Ages specialist who is chiefly occupied, at the National Museum of Antiquities, with Merovingian and Carolingian assemblages. But she has also published on the Romans and Vikings, and is well-versed in the objects dating from the 16th and 17th centuries.


Key research projects

Annemarieke Willemsen


PDFs of publications by Annemarieke Willemsen can be downloaded from her page on Academia.edu


Articles in English

Key exhibitions

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