Universiteit Leiden

About this exhibition

Carel’s Universe commemorates the retirement of Professor Carel Stolker, on 8 February 2021, as Rector Magnificus and President of the Executive Board of Leiden University. We had hoped to be able to put on an exhibition in the monumental hall of Oude UB, the building in which he spent eight years working as Rector and President. Owing to the coronavirus measures, this exhibition has to be online instead.

Academic collections form the basis of almost all the Leiden museums, and we can see this heritage in all these different collections. This exhibition, curated by Pieter ter Keurs, Professor of Museums, Collections and Society, is therefore also an ode to Leiden as city of science and city of museums and collections.

Special thanks to all our partners

We would like to express our gratitude to all our heritage partners for their contribution (texts and images:

Ruurd Halbertsma - Rijksmuseum van Oudheden

Eulalia Gasso Miracle - Naturalis Biodiversity Center

Ariela Netiv - Erfgoed Leiden

Paul Keßler - Hortus Botanicus Leiden

Corrie van Maris - Academisch Historisch Museum

Dick Raatgever - Japanmuseum Sieboldhuis

Jef Schaeps, Kasper van Ommen and Arnoud Vrolijk - Universitaire Bibliotheken

Annelore Scholten - Rijksmuseum Boerhaave

Annemarie Woerlee – Museum Volkenkunde

Jori Zijlmans - Museum De Lakenhal


Curation and texts: Pieter ter Keurs, Professor of Museums, Collections and Society

Coordination and texts: Linda van Putten

Design and development: Marcel Villerius

Advice: Jef Schaeps

Translation: Academic Language Centre/Marianne Orchard

Introduction photo: Sanne van den Bosch

The creators of the exhibition were supported by Minke Holleman (SCM Administration and Central Services) and Garrelt Verhoeven (Leiden University Libraries).