Visit Ghent University on Heritage Day

(19-04-2017) The public will be welcome in Ghent University’s Aula in the Voldersstraat on Heritage Day, this Sunday, 23 April 2017. Many activities have also been planned in the Botanical Garden and Het Pand.

The theme of this year’s Heritage Day is ‘care’. The Ghent University’s Museums (GUM) will be organising a number of activities in Het Pand and the Botanical Garden. You will be able to participate in a guided tour in Het Pand about caring for research objects, a workshop about ethnographic collections, and an exhibition on the history of medicine.

Workshops and guided walks will be held in the Botanical Garden on caring for houseplants, endangered plant species, and digital hygiene and it will be possible to visit the Zoology Collection ‘under cover’. A permanent plant market will be found in the Palmarium.

The Aula in the Voldersstraat is also traditionally open to the public on Heritage Day. A unique opportunity to come and admire the University’s Palace in all its glory!


Practical information

  • Het Pand (Onderbergen 1, 9000 Ghent):

    - Care for research objects.

Care not only involves protecting materials, but also having consideration for the story behind the various objects. We take care to ensure that such stories are preserved with the Ethnographic Collection. We’d be delighted to share these stories with you on Heritage Day!

Ongoing throughout the day from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Guided tours begin at 2 p.m., 3 p.m., and 4 p.m.

- Dr. Livingstone, I presume? Among anthropologists.

During this workshop, participants will step into the role of an anthropologist. They will learn the basic rules that turn the research of cultural objects into a true scientific study. Research materials will include a number of authentic objects from Ghent University’s ethnographic collection. These reveal how the Senufo people from the Ivory Coast depicted the human form in the previous century. We ask ourselves what this teaches us about the Senufo people and about ourselves. The workshop will last about one hour and will be led by cultural scientists.

The workshop starts at 11 a.m. (register with ).

- Forceps and scalpels: all there is to know about medical instruments.

The old Dominican cloister Het Pand is home to the Museum for the History of Medicine, among others. This museum houses a collection of medical instruments providing an illustration of medical care throughout the ages. Members of the Palfyn Foundation, all of whom practice medicine, will be available to enlighten you with tales of these instruments and to give a lively explanation of the realities of medicine in the days before modern analgesia and a knowledge of bacteria.

There will also be short video presentations throughout the day that will offer a bird’s eye view of the general history of medicine.

The exhibition, complete with explanations from the members of the Palfyn Foundation, will be ongoing from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

  • Botanical Garden (Ledeganckstraat 25, 9000 Ghent):

    - Guided walks: Care for (endangered) plants

The botanical garden, a safe haven. Come and discover how we contribute to the protection of species and learn about several of our ‘handle with care’ plants.

Guided tours begin at 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 3 p.m. at the canopy. Each guided tour lasts for 1 hour.

- Exhibition + guided walk: The Zoology Collection goes under cover.

The GUM Zoology Collection is closed from June 2016 through September 2018 because of renovation work in the building. Due to the fact that the collection had nowhere else to go, all fifty thousand objects had to be wrapped up and protected from any possible risk. A photo documentary and a unique ‘spooky’ look on-site give an impression of how this tremendous task was tackled.

The exhibition can be visited throughout the day in the Palmarium. Guided tours leave on the hour from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (duration: 1 hour).

- Workshop: How to care for my houseplant?

The more time we spend inside, the more important it becomes to have plants indoors. Houseplants are reputed to have a positive influence on our (mental) health. Are your fingers far from green and are you struggling to care for your plants properly? Then come to this workshop and learn some tips and tricks to keep your houseplants in tip-top condition. Keen to know which creatures are bugging a particular plant? Then bring them with you!

The workshop will start at 2 p.m. in the Palmarium.

- Workshop for children aged 8 to 11 years: Under wraps - how can you transport your homemade gift safely home to mum and dad?

Come and make your own little gift for mum and dad. But can you transport your precious present safely back home? How can you take care that it doesn’t get broken or torn? Learn how to wrap things safely, to make sure that they do not get broken on the way.

The workshop starts at 11 a.m. and again at 3 p.m. in the Palmarium (duration: 1 hour).

Maximum 2 x 20 participants.

Registration required:

- Workshop: Data dilemma? Digital hygiene for beginners.

Do you also have loads of lovely photos that you no longer print? During this workshop, we will be offering tips & tricks on how to take care of your digital activities. We will be rolling up our sleeves and teaching you the basic principles of digital hygiene. We will also demonstrate some cleaning tools which we will get to work with straight away.

The workshop will start at 10 a.m. in room 0.29 in the Ledeganck complex (entrance via the Botanical Garden) (duration: 2 hours). Reservations are required for this workshop. Bring your own laptop.

Maximum number of participants: 20.

Registration required: