Unheard Voices: Slavery, Gender, Migration and Diversity in the archaeology collections of the Allard Pierson

02Feb2019 02June2019


From the second of February 2019 the Allard Pierson offers a unique audio tour that sheds new light on its museum collection.

New Perspectives on the Archaeology Collection at the Allard Pierson

‘Unheard Voices’ shines light on identities silenced since the ancient past. Made by the students from the masterprogram Museum Studies at the University of Amsterdam, 'Unheard Voices' features an audio tour, a booklet and a new route through the exhibition From the Nile to the Amstel. Narratives that have gained public and academic attention in society and scholarship in the last decades are investigated through the themes of SlaveryGenderMigration and Diversity. Visitors are not only encouraged to think about these topics, but are also challenged to think about the way the objects are displayed. Which stories are being told and, perhaps more importantly, which are overlooked?

From the Nile to the Amstel

‘Unheard Voices’ is an alternative route within the museum’s permanent exhibition From the Nile to the Amstel that is currently being developed. Galleries subsequently open between July 2019 and January 2020. When completely finished, From the Nile to the Amstel offers museumvisitors a journey through ten thousand years of cultural history and human interaction. By drawing attention to connections instead of borders and differences, the Allard Pierson works towards a more inclusive presentation of the past.

Students of MA Museum Studies (UvA), supervised by Mirjam Hoijtink, act as guest curators for these alternative narratives in close collaboration with the staff of the Allard Pierson.


Published by  Allard Pierson Museum