Conservator organic materials

Drs. Helbertijn Krudop
tel: +31 (0)71 516 3169

Educational background

Helbertijn Krudop (b. 1984) studied art history at the University of Leiden, specialising in the applied arts and oriental influences in this field. After her graduation in Leiden she started on a minor, and subsequently a Master’s course, in ‘Conservation and restoration of cultural heritage’ at the University of Amsterdam, specialising in wood, furniture, and gilded objects. She completed her Master’s degree with a study on the construction of eighteenth-century rococo chests of drawers. Despite the obvious differences between appearance and execution, she still derives benefit from this background when studying Egyptian wooden constructions. Krudop completed her studies at the University of Amsterdam with a two-year post-initial phase, during which she worked on commissions for the Netherlands Cultural Heritage Agency (RCE), Artis Library (UvA Special Collections), and the Lutheran diaconate of Amsterdam, also working as an intern at Het Loo Palace and the Centre de Recherche et de Restauration des Musées de France (C2RMF) in the Louvre.

Restoration work at the museum

Since September 2014 Krudop has worked as a conservator at the Dutch National Museum of Antiquities, where she is responsible for organic materials (textiles, papyrus, leather, bone, wood etc.). Her own work is primarily with painted wood, with a special focus on the Egyptian collection. Overarching themes within her recent research and conservation projects include the restoration history of the museum’s Egyptian collection, old restoration materials, and the ethics of restoration over the years. Her other fields of special interest include neo-styles and the 19th-century reception of antiquity.

Primary research projects

  • The mummy coffin of Peftjauneith (AMM 5-e): aspects of production, restoration history and current scope for restoration. This mummy coffin was restored in 2015 and is now on display in the permanent Egypt exhibition.
  • The cartonnage case of Panesy (L.XII.3-c): research preparatory to treatment for the exhibition Egypt: Land of Immortality (Spring–Summer 2016).
  • The coffin set of Khonsuemma’akheru: mummy, cartonnage, and mummy chest. Research preparatory to planned treatment for the long-term loan to the Allard Pierson Museum (summer 2017).

Representative exhibitions

Each of these exhibitions involved major restoration and/or installation projects.

  • Splendour and Precision (2015)
  • Egitto: Splendore millenario (Museo Civico Archeologico, Bologna) (2015)
  • Egypt: Land of Immortality (2016)
  • Permanent exhibition on Egypt (2016)
Helbertijn Krudop


  • 2018, ‘Stoeien met oude verf, was en lijm – Eerherstel voor Egyptische mummiekisten door nieuwe restauratiemethoden’ in: P. ter Keurs (ed.), Rijksmuseum van Oudheden Leiden. Een geschiedenis van 200 jaar.
  • 2018, Archeologie magazine, ‘Chonsoeëmaä(cheroe) verenigd met haar mummiekist? Mummie en -kist onder de loep’
  • 2017, Archeologie magazine, ‘De mummiekist van Peftjaoeneith: conservering in context’
  • 2017, RoMeO magazine, ‘De mummiekist van Peftjaoeneith: conservering in context’
  • 2017, Vatican Coffin Project, first results: Vocabulary conservation & restoration group, illustrations and contributions by H. Krudop.
  • 2013, H. Krudop, ‘De restauratie van een laat 19de -eeuwse Neogrec juwelenkast uit de collectie van Paleis Het Loo’, in: Neostijlen in het interieur 1850-1900: Pierre Cuypers en tijdgenoten, Stichting Ebenist Handelingen 10e Nationale Symposium Hout- en meubelrestauratie

Conferences and lectures

  • 2017, presentatie: Stichting Ebenist 12de nationale symposium, ‘Van schemel tot zitzak: de stoel ontleed’, Amsterdam
  • 2017, ‘Conservation in context: the Coffin of Peftjauneith’, 2nd Vatican Coffin Conference, Rome
  • 2016, ‘Wat doen mummies in het museum?’, College MuseumJeugdUniversiteit RMO
  • 2016, ‘Van kleitablet tot kartonnage: restauratie in het Rijksmuseum van Oudheden’, Boekbinderij Papyrus, Leiden
  • 2015, ‘An introduction to conservation and restoration of cultural heritage’ en ‘Practical handling of museum objects at the National Museum of Antiquities’, Museum course – Department of Antiquities, Amman, Jordanië
  • 2014 – 2019,  Gastdocent Minor en Master Conservation and Restoration of cultural heritage, Universiteit van Amsterdam
  • 2013, poster: Stichting Ebenist 10e nationale symposium, ‘Neostijlen in het interieur 1850-1900: Pierre Cuypers en tijdgenoten, Amsterdam